‘My training hasn’t taught me to be weak’: Woman cop berated by BJP MLA on FB
The Uttar Pradesh IPS Association on Monday sought a report from senior police officers in Gorakhpur over the alleged berating of ASP Charu Nigam by a BJP legislator after she posted about it on Facebook.
Nigam broke into tears when BJP MLA from Gorakhpur Sadar seat Radha Mohan Das Agarwal snubbed her publicly for police action on a group of women who were agitating against liquor shops in Gorakhpur.
Pictures of the woman cop ostensibly wiping her tears with a handkerchief went viral on the social media triggering outrage.
Nigam took to social media on Monday to clarify her stand on the issue.
In a Facebook post addressed to her supporters, she said: “To everyone who has turned up in my support... my training hasn’t taught me to be weak. I just did not expect that my SP city Ganesh Saha Sir would outrightly reject the irrational argument (of the MLA) and talk about my injury. I was the senior-most officer at the spot but when sir came and stood by the force, I got emotional.”
“Media has taken this stand because they (journalists) saw both the incidents and this shows the positivity of the media in Gorakhpur. I am thankful to them to have shown the truth with least manipulation (Sic),” she said.
In the post, Nigam urged the people to stay calm and said she was slightly hurt but there was nothing to be agitated or worried about.
She also posted a verse to explain why she got emotional, but warned not misinterpret her tears as weakness, adding that the truth would ultimately prevail.
Talking to HT, general secretary of UP IPS Association Prakash D refused to comment on the IPS officer’s Facebook post but said the association had sought a detailed report of the incident from the field officers in Gorakhpur.
“We will raise the issue on the appropriate forum,” he said.
The IPS Association has already sent a detailed report to the state government on vandalism at the residence of the Saharanpur SSP by the supporters of BJP MP Raghav Lakhanpal. Later, an FIR was lodged against the accused.
The state unit of the ruling BJP in its recently concluded working committee meeting also expressed concern over the growing incidents of its cadres and fringe elements taking law into their hands.
Meanwhile, Agarwal accused the media of distorting facts.
“I had no argument with the woman IPS officer. The local people had launched an agitation demanding the closure of liquor outlet. The police used force on the agitators injuring some of them. I went to the spot to register protest against the police action and to support the public movement. The media is highlighting the incident as a tiff between a police officer an MLA,” he said.
“As a public representative it was my responsibility to speak up against police brutality on women. They beat up pregnant women, elderly people and children,” he said.
Refuting the MLA’s charges, Nigam said the police did not beat up anyone. “I sustained injuries when women attacked me. Aggarwal manhandled me and refused to treat me as a police officer. The SP City, who came to my rescue, showed him my injuries to back our claim that the protesters attacked us. Still, he insulted me publicly,” she said.