Badals Recruit Tainted Cop Alam To Run In Coming Elections

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Former DGP Mohd. Izhar Alam accused of human rights during Punjab insurgency.

JALANDHAR: Former joint director of Intelligence Bureau (IB) Maloy Kirshna Dhar, who had exposed several ‘dirty secrets’ of the militancy era in Punjab in his book “Open Secrets”, has advised Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to avoid former DGP Mohd. Izhar Alam, and has even termed the latter “a tainted cop”.

Posting his comment reacting to the TOI story “Alam’s role toll glaring to miss”, the former senior official of India’s premier spy agency has advised to avoid accommodation of former officials, who had violated the ‘Laxman Rekha of law’, in politics.

He has also warned that this could reopen healed wounds among Sikhs. Badals have appointed Alam SAD’s constituency incharge of Malerkotla to field him as SAD candidate from the area, and the former police official has also started campaigning for the purpose. Dhar wrote in his comment, which he also posted on Facebook: “Whisper to Badal. Avoid Izhar Alam. Would reopen many healed wounds among Sikhs. A tainted cop. Fighting terrorism involves certain extra-legal activities. This is war front reality. Having been present in the theatre I know both terrorists and police often violated HR (human rights) limits. Revisiting the past may deepen scars. But what can be avoided is accommodation of former officials who had violated the Laxman Rekha of law”.