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Upright officer’s transfer will send wrong message, say residents of UP’s Syana

Police officer Shreshtha Thakur was transferred to the remote border district of Bahraich a week after she confronted an angry mob of BJP workers.

india Updated: Jul 03, 2017 22:52 IST
S Raju
S Raju
Hindustan Times, Meerut
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Police officer Shrestha Thakur stands her ground against BJP protesters at the district court compound in Bulandshahr.(HT File Photo)

Residents of Syana in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr remember Shreshtha Thakur as an upright police officer and say her transfer after she took on local Bharatiya Janata Party leaders will send a wrong message.

Thakur was transferred to the remote border district of Bahraich a week after she confronted an angry mob of BJP workers, who protested the police action against Promod Kumar last Friday and tried to prevent him from being produced in a court.

“She tried to resolve the dispute with the BJP leader through deliberation and mediation by influential people,” Rajesh Chauhan, the president of Syana Vyapar Mandal, said.

“She even decided to let off the leader, Pramod Kumar, asking him not to violate traffic rules again. However, the situation worsened when the BJP leaders threatened to take the issue to higher authorities,” he added.

Annoyed at this, the Syana Police booked Kumar, Chauhan said.

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A police team was checking vehicles in Syana on June 22 when Kumar, who driving a motorcycle without wearing a helmet, was stopped. He introduced himself as a BJP leader and said his wife was a member of zila panchayat in Bulandshahr.

The next day an altercation took place between BJP workers and Thakur at the court. The incident was captured on camera and the video went viral with many praising the officer for standing up to political pressure.

“Earlier, an honest DM AK Singh was transferred to satisfy the party leaders and now another officer has become a victim of the ego of a few politicians,” Bharat Bhushan Tyagi, a farmer, said.

“Similar incidents have taken place under the previous governments too. People will start asking how the BJP government is different from its predecessors,” Tyagi said.

The cop was transferred after a delegation of the party’s 11 MLAs and MP met with chief minister Yogi Adityanath over the issue. President of BJP’s city unit Mukesh Bharadwaj even admitted that Thakur’s transfer was essential to keeping intact the pride of party workers and leaders.

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Bharadwaj said Thakur’s behaviour was unethical and that she used objectionable language for Adityanath.

“How could we tolerate it? The honour of party leaders and workers was at stake. A delegation of MLAs and MPs called on the CM and briefed him about the incident. She had to be transferred to keep the morale of party workers intact,” Bharadwaj said.

Thakur, however, wrote a Facebook post indicating she has not been flustered.

“Wherever a lamp goes, it will spread light…it doesn’t have a fixed address. Don’t worry my friends I am happy ... I accept it as a reward for my good work,” she wrote on Sunday. “U all are invited to Bahraich.”

The post was deleted but the officer was praised on social media for doing her duty.

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First Published: Jul 03, 2017 18:40 IST