MURDER IN THE BYLANES: Life and Death in a Divided City

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  • Author : Aloke Lal & Maanas Lal
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Bloomsbury India
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 182 pages
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 9789354352393

About the Book

Keeping the peace in a time of chaos

Uttar Pradesh in the aftermath of the Babri Masjid demolition was a state on edge. When Aloke Lal took over as the Deputy Inspector General of Kanpur, the congratulations came with a warning-to move with caution as Kanpur was then the most volatile city in north India. In Murder in the Bylanes, Lal recounts his time policing a city on the brink of riots, particularly after the violent killing of the prominent local politician and slumlord Munna Sonkar aka 'Kala Bachcha'. Seen as both a bulwark for Hindus against Muslims and a saviour of several of his Muslim tenants, he was a study in contradiction, and his murder was seen as the last straw by both communities.

Murder in the Bylanes is a gripping account of how a demoralised and broken police force, reduced to being a bystander in pockets where criminals controlled localities, was asked to maintain order. It is also a reminder of how communal disharmony can tear apart our social fabric.

About the Author

Aloke Lal is a former Indian Police Service officer whose exploits have won him accolades from many
quarters, including two medals awarded by the President of India: one for 'Long and Meritorious
Services' and the other for 'Distinguished Services'. In his long and industrious career, he helmed challenging assignments in the crime-infested belts of Kanpur, Lucknow, Shahjahanpur, Pilibhit and Moradabad, and rose to the top rank of Director-General of Police. He is the bestselling author of 
The Barabanki Narcos: Busting India's Most Notorious Drug Cartel.

Maanas Lal is a prolific writer with hundreds of published articles to his credit. His writings range from fiction and social satire to changing trends in national politics. He is also an award-winning artist whose exhibitions of photography, painting and digital art have made waves across the art world. His repertoire as an artist includes numerous book covers and illustrations, and his soft skills and art workshops are a regular feature in India's leading schools and professional institutions.

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