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Asad Rehman


Asad Rehman is a reporter based in Lucknow. He covers central and eastern Uttar Pradesh for The Indian Express. Follow his tweets @asad1_rehman

The first stop for Azam, son out of jail was this SP leader’s house
Sat, May 21, 2022

While there were a few raised eyebrows given the tension in ties between Azam and the SP leadership, particularly chief Akhilesh Yadav, old-timers said this gesture by the veteran – who has the state watching his every move – was purely personal.

Newsmaker | Azam Khan walks out of jail, into everyone’s most-watched list
Fri, May 20, 2022

Imprisoned for the past two years, Azam Khan remained very much a part of the political discourse, especially since the recent Uttar Pradesh results, and the choices he makes now will shape Opposition politics in the coming days in the state.

Gyanvapi mosque case: Seal area where ‘shivling’ found, allow no one, orders Varanasi court
Tue, May 17, 2022

The three-day survey of the complex being done by the Commission concluded on Monday at noon, with officials saying that the findings of the survey were “confidential”.

Delhi to Varanasi, the unlikely group of five Gyanvapi petitioners
Fri, May 13, 2022

Varying accounts of how the women – one 'never leaves home', another not seen in court – got together for prayer at complex

Gyanvapi inspection to continue, anyone causing hindrance to be booked: court
Thu, May 12, 2022

The commission has been asked to submit a report on its inspection of the complex to the court by May 17.

Gyanvapi survey: Break locks if need be, submit report by May 17, says court
Fri, May 13, 2022

It ordered for an FIR to be registered “if anyone creates any hindrance”. “Under no condition should the Commission’s work be stopped even if any of the petitioners cooperate or not,” said the court.

Gyanvapi masjid case: Varanasi court set to pronounce order today
Thu, May 12, 2022

Gyanvapi mosque case:On Saturday, the Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee had filed an application in the court seeking the replacement of Advocate Commissioner Ajai Kumar Mishra, accusing him of being “biased”.

Gyanvapi case verdict to be pronounced today
Thu, May 12, 2022

On Saturday, the Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee had filed an application in the court seeking the replacement of Advocate Commissioner Ajai Kumar Mishra, accusing him of being “biased”.

Gyanvapi case: One of five petitioners to withdraw, says lawyer
Mon, May 09, 2022

Advocate Hari Shankar Jain, who is one of the lawyers representing the five women, said Singh will withdraw from the suit on Monday. “She is withdrawing but that will not affect our case. The other four will continue with the legal proceedings,” said Jain.

Kashi Vishwanath-Gyanvapi complex: Court-ordered survey begins
Sat, May 07, 2022

According to officials, the survey that started in the afternoon was stopped for some time as lawyers representing the mosque accused Advocate Commissioner Ajai Kumar, appointed by the court to conduct the inspection, of being "biased".

School principal booked for ‘asking students to dress up in Eid attire’
Fri, May 06, 2022

Mustafa is the principal of CBSE-affiliated Nyaya Nagar Public School located in Havelia area under Jhunsi police station. The school has over 1,200 students. 

UP: 3 policemen suspended after domestic help alleges torture
Fri, May 06, 2022

Mehrauni police station in-charge Kanta Prasad has also been suspended “for laxity in supervision”.

Among 7 in Ayodhya police net: ex-Bajrang Dal worker, freelance journalist, labourer
Sat, Apr 30, 2022

Mishra, who the police are calling the “mastermind” of the incident, is a former Bajrang Dal worker. Currently unemployed, Mishra was earlier booked in four cases, including one in 2016 for holding an “arms training programme for youth using toy guns” in Ayodhya.

Seven held in Ayodhya for throwing posters, torn religious text outside mosque: UP Police
Fri, Apr 29, 2022

Ayodhya Police said the seven arrested persons have been identified as Mahesh Kumar Mishra, Pratyush Srivastava, Nitin Kumar, Deepak Kumar Gaur alias Gunjan, Brijesh Pandey, Shatrughan Prajapati and Vimal Pandey – all residents of Ayodhya district.

Akhilesh slams rivals, says party has always stood with Azam Khan
Thu, Apr 28, 2022

Asks when will BJP induct Shivpal, make Mayawati President

Akhilesh backs MLA, says BJP using bulldozers based on caste and religion
Thu, Apr 28, 2022

The delegation, led by Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council Sanjay Lather, could not meet the MLA as he was reportedly “not in the town”.

Ballia journalists get bail in UP paper leak case, police drop cheating charge
Tue, Apr 26, 2022

The three Ballia-based journalists are Ajit Ojha and Digvijay Singh of Amar Ujala newspaper, and Manoj Gupta of Rashtriya Sahara newspaper. At least 52 people have been arrested in the case, including Ballia District Inspector Of Schools (DIOS) Brijesh Mishra.

BJP ex-MLAs who joined SP face demolition proceedings
Sat, Apr 23, 2022

In Saharanpur, the district administration has claimed that 12 persons who own 24 shops, including Saini, in Chilkana area have been served notices for “illegal encroachment”.

Body police cremated in 2020 was of missing BHU student
Sat, Apr 23, 2022

The 24-year-old was brought to the Lanka police station after a call was received, it was learnt. The youth was picked up by “certain police personnel from the amphitheatre ground of the BHU and was taken to the police station”, Pradeep had said.

Sulking SP leaders take another step closer, Shivpal meets, backs Azam
Sat, Apr 23, 2022

A worried Samajwadi Party is said to be lining up a visit by one of its senior leaders to Azam to pacify him.

UP: In Shahjahanpur, complex owned by kin razed, SP leader alleges ‘political vendetta’
Fri, Apr 22, 2022

On Tuesday, after the commercial complex was surveyed for allegedly flouting the rules, Verma had appealed to the Chief Minister to ensure justice.

Samajwadi Party ally Jayant stirs peace buzz by meeting Azam’s wife & son
Thu, Apr 21, 2022

Recently, Azam aide hit out at Akhilesh; Chandrashekhar likely to visit him in jail

UP Board Exam Paper Leak: Ballia journalists to apply for arrested colleagues’ bail, say will submit to court ‘proof of frame-up’
Mon, Apr 11, 2022

Journalists Ajit Kumar Ojha, Digvijay Singh, and Manoj Gupta were earlier arrested in connection with leak of class 12 English exam paper of Uttar Pradesh board.

UP: SP MLA’s petrol pump demolished year after order, days after Yogi remarks
Fri, Apr 08, 2022

The demolition, on the basis of an order passed a year ago, was carried out three days after MLA Shazil Islam Ansari and some others were booked for allegedly making objectionable comments against Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at a function in Bareilly district Sunday.

UP paper leak: 3 journalists among 34 arrested, sent to judicial custody
Sat, Apr 02, 2022

While police said the journalists were arrested on the “basis of their role” in the paper leak, at least two of the three journalists have alleged that they have been “framed for reporting on the paper leak”.