Somya Lakhani

Articles By Somya Lakhani

Street Wise: Barakhamba Road, and a tomb that disappeared without a trace

It’s on Barakhamba Road that some of Delhi’s iconic buildings stand, including the National Museum of Natural History, Sapru House and Modern School.

Once upon a time, the hotel’s founder was Karol Bagh rich

At the centre of the Karol Bagh tragedy is Rakesh Goel, who founded Hotel Arpit Palace in 1993, and was still running it — except on paper.

In deserted Karol Bagh, fear drives many guests away

A day after the blaze, hotels in a deserted Karol Bagh spoke of a sudden dip in occupancy.

Karol Bagh blaze: Wedding guests, tourists and IRS officer among dead

By evening, 12 people had been identified, and the mortuaries at the Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) hospital, Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC) and BLK Hospital reverberated with loss, disbelief and anger.

Karol Bagh hotel fire — Narrow escape: Those who lived recount ‘most difficult minutes’

Also among the survivors was a four-year-old girl from Nepal, Saumya Shreshtha, who was taken to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital because she couldn’t breathe.

Karol Bagh fire: Men and women who didn’t make it

Two doctors, three Myanmar nationals, three of a wedding party — hotel was home for a night to many

Going online: Mughal-era documents, property papers dating back to 1870

Touted as a “first-of-its-kind exercise in Asia”, the project, announced by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on August 31, 2017, is a work in progress, with an ambitious aim of digitising and uploading 4 crore documents over 30 months.

Old Guard: Delhi Police’s Senior Citizen Cell does more than just dropping by homes of the elderly

The Indian Express travels with Delhi Police’s Senior Citizen Cell beat officers to homes of men and women above 60 to explore the various relationships they have forged.

Delhi: Police say arrested accused, kin claim caught him first

“This was around 9-9.30 am on Thursday, at Nangloi’s Laxmi Park. Yadav saw me and started running. Devi’s son and I chased him and caught him. People gathered around us, and we called police,” claimed Mishra.

Delhi: Month after harassment complaint, woman killed

On Wednesday evening, as Madhuri Devi stood on the steps of her house in Nangloi, contractor Shyam Yadav allegedly stabbed her five times, in front of her 12-year-old daughter.

A ‘pesky insurance agent’, a murder case with loose ends

Bartwal had been living alone after her journalist husband’s death in 2008. She was smothered to death, her spectacles and chappals were found in the drawing room, there were bloodstains on her shawl, and her gold bangles were missing.

‘Six fresh complaints against founder of Love Commandos’

On Monday, the DCW received a written complaint from a UK-based woman, who claimed to have undergone similar treatment in 2016. In the email, she wrote that the NGO allegedly extorted Rs 50,000 from the couple.

Adarsh baalak: The boy who never grew up

Stephen Fry’s tweet of a poster he saw at his doctor’s clinic in London brought back the boy who began his day ‘saluting his parents’ and ended it with ‘social activities’, to many who grew up with images of him in India. But the baalak who stayed adarsh has always been around, with few changes, since 1971

NGO Love Commandos: ‘Women were abused, we had to clean toilets’

A couple, one of the four rescued from the NGO, said they saw a YouTube video about the NGO, its founder Sanjoy Sachdev, and their motto which prompted them to go to Love Commandos.

Delhi: NGO Love Commandos chief held for ‘keeping couples they rescued confined, extortion’

Apart from Sachdev, Harsh Malhotra, chief coordinator of the NGO, and members Rajesh Malhotra, Govind and Sonu were named in the complaint.

Delhi: Decomposing bodies of elderly couple found

The bodies were discovered by the Delhi Police after a distant relative, based in Gurgaon, made a PCR call to report that the couple had not been receiving calls since January 16.

Former MCD worker held for ‘duping’ four men

Four more people, including a colleague of the accused, have been named in the FIR but are yet to be arrested, said police

Officials distance dept from drain death: ‘No need for safety gear’

The children from Shriram Basti, Gandhi Vihar, know Kishan Lal died under a heap of garbage, how their fathers tried to pull him out, and how his three children now face an uncertain future.

Leopard rescued from Noida in seven-hour operation

From 9.30 am to 4.30 pm, three teams — from the National Zoologoical Park, Wildlife SOS, and one from Meerut — undertook a rescue mission, which was witnessed and recorded by almost all of Sadullapur village, where the animal was spotted.

Girl run over in Delhi, accused gives police the slip

The incident took place at Ravi Das Marg around 1:40 pm, when sisters Kamini and Sandhya Singh were on their way home to Tughlaqabad village from their schools in Sangam Vihar.