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Govt recalls ‘extort’ officer

Patna, Jan. 21: The state government today removed Alok Kumar as the deputy inspector-general (DIG) of Saran range following allegations that he had demanded Rs 10 crore as extortion from an Uttar Pradesh-based liquor firm’s representative.

DIG (homeguards) R. Malar Vizhi has replaced Kumar, who was called back to the police headquarters with immediate effect. “She (Vizhi) has been asked to join duty as the DIG (Saran) immediately,” ADG (headquarters) Ravinder Kumar said.

The officer added that during the course of the probe into the alleged extortion case, certain evidence had come to light and Alok Kumar was removed on the basis of those proof. “He (Alok Kumar) is not a named accused in the FIR lodged by the victim. But his role in the case was getting established during the investigation process. Investigation is on. Appropriate actions will be taken as the probe progresses. For now, he has been asked to report to the police headquarters until further orders,” the ADG (headquarters) said.

On the buzz about the possible suspension of Alok Kumar, the ADG said: “Any further action will be based upon the ongoing investigation. The government will do whatever is needed.”

A 1997-batch IPS officer of Jammu and Kashmir cadre, the controversial officer is on an inter-state deputation in Bihar.

According to sources in the police headquarters, the state government had informed the Union home ministry about his alleged role in demanding Rs 10 crore from the liquor firm representative, Tunaji Pandey. An FIR had been lodged against three of Alok’s alleged accomplices — Umesh Singh, Ajay Dubey and Deepak Abhishek. The trio were today produced before the special vigilance court, Muzaffarpur. It forwarded them to two weeks’ judicial custody.

The sources said the information about the incident and the FIR had been reported to the home department and the home ministry. The sources added that chief minister Nitish Kumar called on DGP Abhayanand this morning to talk about the issue.


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