‘A brave, upright officer is coming’: Cop who took on BJP leaders already a hero in Bahraich
Thakur had fined a BJP leader for riding a motorcycle without a helmet and also arrested five other party workers for allegedly obstructing police.Updated: Jul 05, 2017 09:05 IST
Police officer Shreshtha Thakur is a hero in Bahraich even before starting her stint in the border district of Uttar Pradesh. And many feel the no-nonsense officer could bring a sense of security for women in the district.
Thakur was transferred from Bulandshahr, seen as a punishment for taking on some leaders of the ruling BJP. She had fined a BJP leader for riding a motorcycle without a helmet and also arrested five other party workers for allegedly obstructing police.
A video clip showing Thakur standing up to the BJP leader had gone viral, with many praising her for standing up to political pressure.
Thakur told HT over phone she will join duties in Bahraich on Thursday. An MBA, she has been appointed as a deputy superintendent of police in Bahraich.
Saniya, a college student, said she was sure that Thakur will check crime against women.
Others were equally hopeful.
“I am happy to know that a brave and upright officer is coming to Bahraich,” said Rashmi, a school teacher.
Ranjeeta Shrivastava, a social activist, said the women of the town stood by Thakur for her courage. Earlier, Shrivastava said, she had only seen such brave women in films.
Jitendra Chaturvedi, a social activist and executive officer of ‘Dehat’, a social organisation, said Thakur could be a role-model for young girls in the district and will enhance feeling of security among women.
Her posting in Bahraich, an educationally backward district, was a positive sign, he added.
Communal tension over petty issues, cow slaughter and murders over land dispute are common in Bahraich.
Residents said Thakur’s new assignment would be challenging for her and they were waiting to see how she handles it.
BJP district president Shyam Karan Tekriwal, however, said the government had not taken any action against Thakur as she was only transferred.
Thakur was transferred a week after the incident and following a meeting of a delegation of the party’s 11 MLAs and MP with chief minister Yogi Adityanath over the issue. They said their pride had been hurt by the officer.
Superintendent of police Sunil Kumar said he was yet to receive official confirmation of Thakur’s joining. “A circle would be allotted to her once she joins duty,” he said.
In Facebook posts, Thakur seemed unperturbed by the chain of events.
“Wherever a lamp goes, it will spread light…it doesn’t have a fixed address,” she wrote on Sunday. “U all are invited to Bahraich.”
Although the post was deleted, it circulated by other users and ‘liked’ by hundreds on Facebook. People also commented on her post, saying they will stand up for her.
A page was also created on Facebook in her support after she was transferred, which has been followed by over 2000 people till now.
“Real life lady dabangg. Full power. Hats off to you.. your transfer shows that movies are no different.. As a cop when you are honest and do good job you are either transferred or suspended.. More power to you,” Eikram Baig posted on the page.
“We must salute the courage of this officer... the BJP goons have not only tarnished the image of the party but have also confirmed that the BJP’s claim about ensuring respect to women is false,” Amit Sharma said.
“Take on the system with valour. We are with you Shrestha Singh,” social activist Abha Singh tweeted.