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Dubbed Singham of Bangalore by a Kannada news channel, a top IPS officer of the state now who finds himself under the scanner in connection with a lottery scam, has seen his share of controversies Bengaluru’s Additional Commissioner of Police Alok Kumar, now suspended, is being investigated by the CID for his links with Pari Rajan, accused of being part of the single-digit lottery scam in Karnataka. However, this is not the first time that Alok Kumar has landed in controversy. Two cases in particular stand out for the allegations made against him, even though none have been proved. He has also taken on the government in connection with some of his postings. An officer of the 1994 batch, Kumar was posted as an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) of Belgaum district. After his stint there, he was transferred as the SP of Chitradurga and Gulbarga districts. During the regime of the then Bengaluru Police Commissioner Ajai Kumar Singh, Kumar was brought to the city as deputy commissioner of police (south division) in 2010. Read more: Lottery scam: 10 questions CID asked suspended cop Alok Kumar He was then promoted and posted out of the city in CID as Directorate Inspector General (DIG).  During this period, he handled several terror-related cases, including one in which all the accused were acquitted after the trial court said that the police investigation failed to prove its case. In 2008, 17 students were arrested on charges of being involved in terror activities. Recently, the  court in Hubballi acquitted all the 17 men after police "miserably failed to prove their case". Then, Kumar had said that the investigation he initiated was not adequately followed through by the officers who succeeded him. He was also a receipient of the President’s medal for distinguished service in 2010. However, his return to Bengaluru as Additional Commissioner of Police (Law & Order) was controversial and led to prolonged High Court case after the incumbent ACP T Suneel Kumar filed a writ petition. Following this, the judge set aside both the orders. Kumar then resumed the same post after he was appointed in July 2014, replacing Kamal Pant. He also received the President's police medal for distinguished service republic day in 2010. Kumar posted in Bangalore as Joint Commissioner of Crime, this posting was abruptly cut short by his appointment as the head of the Anti-Naxal Force (ANF) which is headquartered in Udupi-Karkala. His posting here, is marred by allegations that a tribal man was allegedly assaulted by ANF police in his presence. In 2012, Adivasi activist and journalism student Vittal Malekudiya was arrested on charges of aiding Maoists. Vittal denied these claims, and the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), a youth organization affiliated to the Communist Party of India, of which he is a member is backing him fully. In a recent event organized in Bengaluru, State President of the DYFI Muneer Katipalla accused the ANF of brutally assaulting Vittal’s father Lingappa Malekudiya in Kumar’s presence and of framing Vittal in the case without any evidence. Earlier this month, Kumar got into another tussle with the government over the reorganisation of officers of the rank of Additional Commissioner of Police. The government had designated one for each region of the Bengaluru commissionerate and Alok Kumar was assigned as ACP (West). Following this, he dashed off a letter claiming that this move had drastically scaled down his power and responsibilities. Read more: Explained: The big lottery scam that is rocking Karnataka police

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