UP woman cop who stood up to BJP leaders considers her transfer a ‘reward’
The transfer of Uttar Pradesh police officer Shreshtha Thakur, who fined a BJP leader Rs 200 for not wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle in Bulandshahr’s Syana circle, triggered widespread condemnation.Updated: Jul 03, 2017, 18:38 IST
“Don’t worry my friends I am happy ... I accept it as a reward for my good work.”
This is what an Uttar Pradesh woman police officer, who stood up against local Bharatiya Janata Party leaders and sent five of them to jail, wrote on her Facebook wall after she was transferred to a remote border district on Saturday.
The transfer of Shreshtha Thakur, who fined a BJP leader Rs 200 for not wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle in Bulandshahar’s Syana circle, triggered widespread condemnation.
She was transferred to Bahraich a week after the incident 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 altercation.
But the officer appeared unperturbed. “Wherever a lamp goes, it will spread light…it doesn’t have a fixed address,” she wrote on Facebook 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 police team was checking vehicles in Syana area on June 22 when a person driving a motorcycle without wearing a helmet was stopped and slapped a fine of Rs 200 on him. The man introduced himself as BJP leader Pramod Kumar — his wife is a member of jila panchayat in Bulandshahar.
The next day an altercation took place between BJP workers and Thakur as they tried to prevent Kumar from being produced in a court. Mukesh Bhardwaj, the party city president, argued with Thakur and other police personnel. He blamed one of the constables for demanding money from Kumar to let him go without a fine.
The incident was captured on camera and the video went viral with many praising the officer for standing up to political pressure.
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.