Former J&K inspector general of police (IGP) Farooq Khan joined the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) in the presence of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi at a rally in Hiranagar on Wednesday .
Khan is known for police action that led to the clearance of the famous Hazratbal shrine in March 1996 in which 18 militants were killed while seven others were arrested.
It was under Khan again that the historic Raghunath temple was freed from militants in 2003. He has been also awarded with the President's medals for gallantry, bravery and distinguished service.
Khan, who belongs to Jammu, has close links with national BJP leader. His grandfather, colonel (retd) Peer Mohammad, was the first state president of the Jammu and Kashmir Jan Sangh. BJP sources said they planned to use the services of Khan across the country during the election campaign.