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Aloke Lal

BornAloke Lal
(1952-01-04) 4 January 1952 (age 70)
🎓 Alma materIndian Institute of Technology, Roorkee
💼 Occupation

Aloke Lal, IPS (born 4 January 1952) is a former Indian Police Service officer who retired as Director-General of Police of Uttarakhand in 2012. As an officer, he made contributions in dacoity-infested areas around Kanpur, and his tenure in Barabanki where he dealt with the opium mafia is the subject of his book 'The Barabanki Narcos: Busting India's Most Notorious Drug Cartel'.[1][2][3][4] He also served in several other assignments in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Apart from being a writer, Aloke Lal is a painter and lives in Dehradun with his wife and son, Maanas Lal, who is an artist[5][6][7][8]

Personal life[edit]

He was born in Bharatpur, Rajasthan. His father Mr. Vinod B Lal was an Indian Postal Service Officer. He has a Master of Technology degree in Applied Geology from IIT, Roorkee. He did his schooling in Jhansi and Saharanpur.


Aloke Lal joined the Indian Police Service on 16 July 1975. He served as Assistant superintendent in Lucknow and Gorakhpur. As Superintendent of Police, he served in Barabanki from 1984 to 1986, Shahjahanpur from 1989 to 1991, Pilibhit in 1991 and Moradabad (Railways) in 1991 to 1992. Huge quantities of illicit opium were recovered during his tenure in Barabanki which is the subject of his first book 'The Barabanki Narcos: Busting India's Most Notorious Drug Cartel'.[1][2][3][9] In 1992 he received the President's Police Medal for Long and Meritorious Service. He served in the Criminal Investigation Department, Uttar Pradesh on his promotion to the rank of Deputy Inspector General of Police. He served in the key portfolio of Deputy Inspector General in Kanpur, Azamgarh and Gorakhpur ranges. From 1995 he served in the police headquarters of Uttar Pradesh in Allahabad first in the capacity of Deputy Inspector General and then Inspector General of Police on promotion. During this period he also served as Director, Civil Defence, Uttar Pradesh. In the year 2000 he opted for the newly formed state of Uttaranchal. During his tenure in Uttarkhand, he served in the capacities of Inspector General, Additional Director General and then as Director General of Police before his retirement from service on 31 January 2012.[10] In 2006 he received the President's Police Medal for Distinguished Service.[11] After his retirement, he served as adviser to the Governor of Uttarkhand Dr. Aziz Qureshi.

Writing and Art[edit]

Aloke Lal's book 'The Barabanki Narcos: Busting India's Most Notorious Drug Cartel'[12][13][14] was published by Hachette India in 2019. Lal is a writer and has articles on a vast range of subjects to his credit.[15][16][17] He is often quoted by newspapers on issues related to policing and drug related matters.[18][19][20][21][22]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Pioneer, The. "The Barabanki Narcos: A thrilling narrative of a cop's real life adventure". The Pioneer. Retrieved 2020-06-12.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "'The Barabanki Narcos' review: Biting the Bullet". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Busting a notorious drug cartel, reliving Ramanand Sagars journey, researching J.B.S. Haldane (IANS Books This Week)". https://www.outlookindia.com/. Retrieved 2020-06-06. External link in |website= (help)
  4. "HACHETTE". www.hachetteindia.com. Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  5. Pioneer, The. "Father-son duo exhibition gets acclaim". The Pioneer. Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  6. Choudhury, Ashim. "A father-son's passion for art | Tehelka - Investigations, Latest News, Politics, Analysis, Blogs, Culture, Photos, Videos, Podcasts". old.tehelka.com. Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  7. "Buy Maanas Lal Paintings Online - View Prices and Size at Mojarto". www.mojarto.com. Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  8. Talks, LifePage Career. "Maanas Lal | Painter, Photographer, Digital Artist, Columnist | Dehradun". LifePage Android App. Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  9. S. Premi Prabhu Chawla (1986-06-15). "The Barabanki bomb - Indiascope News - Issue Date: Jun 15, 1986". India Today. Retrieved 2021-01-29.
  10. "The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Dehradun Plus". www.tribuneindia.com. Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  11. "Untitled Page". policeservicemedals.gov.in. Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  12. Bhandari, Kavi. "Opium Buster". BW Businessworld. Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  13. Service, Tribune News. "The Barabanki Narcos". Tribuneindia News Service. Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  14. kanwar, raj. "Barabanki Narcos: Busting India's Most Notorious Drug Cartel". The Citizen. Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  15. Post, Garhwal. "DOs & DON'Ts in the Times of COVID-19 | Garhwal Post". Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  16. Post, Garhwal. "Always for the Downtrodden | Garhwal Post". Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  17. Post, Garhwal. "KARO and KARO-NA | Garhwal Post". Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  18. Service, Tribune News. "Former DGP for awareness on drugs". Tribuneindia News Service. Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  19. Pioneer, The. "Selection, tenure of DGP 'flouts' SC directives". The Pioneer. Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  20. "Garhwal emerging as hub of land disputes, 900 arrested for fraud since 2014". Hindustan Times. 2018-03-19. Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  21. "From Nabha jailbreak aides to Punjab gangster: criminals chose Dehradun as a hideout". Hindustan Times. 2018-01-14. Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  22. "Equipped to replace revenue police, says DGP; experts say it's uphill task". Hindustan Times. 2018-03-19. Retrieved 2020-06-06.

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