True, Sharp & Crisp Coverage Over The Period
Vivek Agrawal was instrumental in reporting and exposing insider info in the fields of crime and criminology. Scams, Mafia, Terrorism, Homeland Security, Narcotics & Drugs Abuse, Heinous Crimes, Forensic Science, Human Angel News Stories and Features are his area of specializations.
He exposed/worked on many all-time big stories about Cobbler (Shoe) scam, infamous Harshad Mehta Securities scam, MTNL Tranches scam, Illegal Collective Investment scams, Fake Share Certificates scam …and lots more.
- IT Elude Scam
Only Mumbai citizens and corporate houses evaded Income Tax worth of 12 Lakhs Crore, which shown in India TV in June 2010.
1993 Mumbai Bomb Blast Case, 6 December 2002 Bus bomb Blast at Ghatkopar, 27 January 2003 Bicycle Bomb Blast in Vile Parle, 14 March 2003 Train bomb Blast in Mulund, 28 July 2003 Bus bomb Blast in Ghatkopar, 25 August 2003 Twin Taxi Bomb Blasts near the Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazaar, 11 July 2006 Seven Train Bomb Blasts, 13 July 2011 Triple Bomb Explosions of Mumbai and lots more.
- Explosives for Sale
Sale of Gelatin sticks & detonators in grey market in and around Mumbai city. A sting Operations carried out for ‘Janmat’ News & Views Channel.
- Veiling Valley
Covered J&K for 20 days in many sectors, just around Kargil War time for ‘Jansatta’. Almost 72 stories appeared on terrorism & insurgency, human angle, counter intelligence ops, defense ops, etc.
- 26/11 Mumbai Terror Attack in 2008
A very exclusive Kuber Boat rescue operation by Cost Guard, Mumbai after 26/11 Mumbai Terror Case. 1 hour special package on ‘India TV’ with the high sea real time footage.
The route of Karachi to Mumbai of 26/11 Mumbai terror gunmen was discovered and shot. Shown on ‘India TV’ after 26/11 Mumbai Terror Case.
- Ahmadabad bombings & failed Blast attempts of Surat in 2008
A 12 days extensive and full 360 degree coverage from the field with investigative news stories. Photographs of all accused and confessional statements of 5 accused were collected and shown in ‘India TV’.
- Bomb Explosion at German Bakery, Pune on 13 February 2010
Widespread coverage of Germen Bakery Blast – Top 10 faces Indian Mujahideen and details revealed first time in media after Pune Blast.
Underworld Gangs and Gangsters
He cracked hundreds of news from the underbelly of Mumbai. Builder and cotton mill owner Vallbhbhai Thakkar Murder, Cotton Mill owner Sunit Khatau Murder, Mumbai Mayor and Shivsena leader Milind Vaidhy Attack case, Assassination of BJP Mumbai city Treasurer Ramdas Nayak, Mirza Dilshad beg murder in Nepal, Jameem Shah aka Jumbo Murder Case in Nepal, Sunil Sawant aka SavatyaMurdr in Dubai, Sharad Shetty aka Bada Idali murder in Dubai, D-Company henchmen Salim Kurla murder, Mumbai construction tycoon Mohammad Jindran Murder, Builder & 93 BBC accused Majid Khan killing, ShivSena Shakha Pramukh Mohammad Salim Badgujar murder, Sadhu Shetty Murder, Mohan Kotiyan Murder, Dawood Ibrahim’s gunmen Salim Haddi fake encounter case, builder Omprakash Kukreja murder, elimination of head of East-West Airlines Taquiddin Waheed, arrest of D’s lieutenant Romesh Sharma in Delhi, Dawood Ibrahim’s aide Abu Salem Ansari aka Chikna and starlet Monica Bedi’s arrest in Lisbon, Portugal, assassinations of Firoz Sadguru ‘Konkani’, killing of Dawood’s confidant in Irfan Goga in Dubai, Music Barron Gulshan Kumar Killing, Gangster Shoaib Khan aka Shoaib Rummywalla killing in Pakistan, Murder of lawyer Shahid Azmi, Arrest of Judge JW Sing in connection of Mumbai Underworld, Builder Pradeep Jain murder, Mahidpur Arms of D-Company recovery case, life and time of Iqbal Mirchi …and lots more.
Extensive Mumbai underworld coverage for many years for ‘Jansatta’ stories also published in ‘Indian Express’, ‘Loksatta’ (Marathi) & ‘Samkaleen’ (Gujrati) newspapers of the same group. D-Company’s Sharp Shooter Salim Haddi’s fake encounter story was a challenge of investigative journalism, resulting suomotu action by National Human Rights Commission against errant police officers.
He broke stories about several film and entertainment celebs with mafia dons, Cricket and Satta (betting) including spot fixing and match fixing, Matka and gambling of Mumbai, Sunjay Dutt and other film celebs talking to ganglord Chota Shakeel, Salman Khan and his criminal behavior, Aditya Pancholi and his criminal behavior, Pakistani singer Adnan Sami cases …and lots more.
LOOTERE – BANDITS OF BRITISH INDIA
Vivek Agrawal appeared twice in 2015 in two episodes as an crime expert in the EPIC Channel show.
Brief of the show
In the 19th century era of the British Raj, there was an unprecedented upsurge in organised crime across communities from Thuggees and Pindharis to Bheels and Budhuks. These groups terrorised people across the nation. Taking matters into their own hands, the British cracked down heavily on these communities by passing various laws and declaring wars to curb this violence thus liberating the masses from their schedule. Lootere – Bandits Of British India is a show based on these thieves and their stories.
- Mumbai Mafia based two books ‘MumBhai’ & ‘MumBhai Returns’ published by Vani Prakashan in 2015 and 2016,
- Third book ‘Khel Khallas’ published by Story Mirror in 2017.
- Forth book ‘Bombay Bar’ Rajkamal Prakashan Group in January 2018.
- Edited ‘Rangkalam’, a collection of drama scripts of competition by Being Association.
- Edited ‘Dil Hi To Hai’ poetry collection of well-known journalist author Shakeel Akhter.
‘Underworld Bullets’ & ‘Underworld Ke Chaar Ekke’ is in the press. Few more titles uncovering Peninsular Underbelly are in the process.
Awards / Achivements
- Book ‘MumBhai’ won the Maharashtra Rajy Hindi Sahita Academy Award in Journalism category in 2017.
- Won the CFBP Consumer Film Festival Award for Script Writing in 2017.
- Book ‘MumBhai’ rated #1 by Nilesen-Jagran Hindi Bestseller Book 2018 in Non-Fiction category.