This ‘Lady Singham’ is not shy of taking on the mighty
From fearlessly taking on ruling party leaders to dealing with the law breakers with an iron hand, DSP Shreshtha Thakur knows it all. Dubbed as ‘Lady Singham’ for her outstanding performance in police force, Thakur believes in Karma and feels that good work done is always paid back in one form or the other.lucknow Updated: May 08, 2018 14:21 IST
From fearlessly taking on ruling party leaders to dealing with the law breakers with an iron hand, DSP Shreshtha Thakur knows it all. Dubbed as ‘Lady Singham’ for her outstanding performance in police force, Thakur believes in Karma and feels that good work done is always paid back in one form or the other.
So when the young woman police officer picked up the prestigious HT Warrior in Uniform Award 2018 the life came full circle for her.
She bagged the award that was introduced for the first time by the HT Woman Award to felicitate women in the security forces, with a big margin thanks to the huge fan following she has earned in her not-so-long career.
“I am really excited and happy after receiving this award by chief minister Yogi Adityanath. Such acknowledgments gives a new energy and motivates you to give the best in whatever you are doing,” she said.
Thakur was all praise for Hindustan Times and said that the daily was doing a great job by organizing such events that helps in bringing to the fore the achievers of different fields.
Hailing from a business family, Thakur did her MBA from Kanpur and then cracked provincial police services (PPS) examination in 2012.
On why she joined police force, Thakur said: “I believe that a woman is completely secure in uniform. When a woman comes in uniform one gets a different kind of feeling. Since my school days I couldn’t bear anything wrong whether it be eve teasing or fighting I always raised my voice. This was the reason that decided to join the police force.”
“My parents always taught me to be upright and honest. The result is that don’t feel scared from anyone and is always ready to take up any challenge,” Thakur said.
Thakur said her brother Manish Pratap who is an IES officer in railways and mother Mithilesh Singh supported her the most to fulfill her dreams.
“My first role model is my brother Manish who supported me like a father and second is former IPS officer Kiran Bedi,” she said.
Thakur feels that if you do something good in your life you will be rewarded someday.
“Do your Karma in right way and you will get recognition for it one day,” she said.
Thakur shot to fame when she stood up against local political leaders and sent five of them to jail for obstructing government duties while serving as deputy superintendent of police Sayana Circle in Bulandshahr in June 2017.
Not only did she booked the errant leaders but also dared them to go to the chief minister and stop her from doing public duty. A video of the hot conversation between the local leaders and Thakur went viral on the social media. However, she was paid for her action and was transferred to Bahraich.
But she took it her in her stride and expressed her feelings on the social media where she wrote “Jahan Bhi Jaega Roshni Lutaega, Kisi Chirag ka apna makan nahi Hota” (Wherever a lamp will go, it will spread light).
She instantly became public’s darling and was being followed by over 45,000 people on her social media accounts. The young officer joined her duty in Bahraich and was deployed in worst flood-affected Mahsi circle.
She was moved to see the poverty and tough life there. Once again, the gritty human being in her coaxed her to take up the assignment as a challenge. Thakur soon started social work and charity in the area along with her official duty.
Soon she became a very popular figure in the area. However, after flood she was given responsibility of traffic in Bahraich and later given charge of Risia circle. But her spirit of serving the society continued. During spare time she visited the flood-hit areas and helped the needy with clothes, food and money.
Moreover, to serve the society she often used to visit government primary and special children schools to motivate them in right direction.
In her spare time she also gives safety tips to girls for dealing with anti-social elements.
Thakur also took to social media to express her concern for girls’ safety and appealed parents not to let their daughter alone.
Tough on law-breakers and soft hearted for society, she served as a teacher, social worker, motivator and a safety instructor in Bahraich.
On April 14, she was transferred to Lakhimpur Kheri. But in her 9 months term in Bahraich she became a role model for many and a large number of youngsters wanted to become like Thakur. Her popularity could be gauged from the fact that a large number of wishes have been pouring in on her social media accounts from different circles for winning the HT award.
Besides, UP Police on the official twitter handle also congratulated DSP Shreshtha for winning the prestigious award.
“I am completely overwhelmed with the support and wishes from my well wishers,” said Thakur on a signing off note.