The woman police officer of Syana circle in district Bulandshahar, Shreshtha Thakur, who stood up against local BJP leaders and sent five of them to jail for creating obstacles in discharging government duties, was transferred to Bahraich on Saturday.
Bahraich is near the Nepal border and is considered a severe punishment posting.
The cop was transferred a week after the incident following a meeting of a delegation of the party’s 11 MLAs and MP with the chief minister over the issue. The local leaders had linked it with their pride and pressed the high command to initiate action against Thakur.
Mukesh Bhardwaj, the BJP party city president, made no bones in admitting that Thakur’s transfer was essential to keeping intact the pride of party workers and leaders. He also charged the cop with using objectionable language against CM Yogi Adityanath and other party leaders.
Thakur and her team were checking vehicles in Syana area on June 22 when she stopped a person driving a motorcycle without wearing a helmet and slapped a fine of Rs 200 on him. The man introduced himself as BJP leader Pramod Kumar — his wife is a member of zilla panchayat in Bulandshahar.
An altercation took place between Kumar and Thakur and the former soon telephoned BJP leaders, who arrived there and objected to the action of police.
Bhardwaj also arrived on the spot and 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.
According to the Times of India, Circle Officer Shreshtha Thakur, who took to task a group of unruly BJP workers and sent five of them to jail in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr last week, has been transferred.
Currently part of the Syana circle, the 34-year-old officer has been transferred to Bahraich. Thakur is among 244 Provincial Police Service personnel to be shunted by the Yogi Adityanath government on Saturday.
Sources told TOI that the transfer was “routine” and Thakur will join the Bahraich district police in a few days.
Reacting to the news of her transfer, Thakur wrote in a Facebook post, “Got transfer to Bahraich, it’s Nepal border. Don’t worry my friends, I’m happy. I accept it as a reward for my good work.”
When Lodhi was produced before the district court, a group of BJP workers at the scene began abusing and raising slogans against the police.
“Even if you bring hundred more supporters, I will still not get cowed down by you. We do not stand on the road leaving our families at home in the night to have fun. We are doing our duty and then we see this kind of dharna against us,” Thakur had said, according to the Times of India.
She then arrested five other BJP workers for obstructing an officer from discharging government duties. The workers also alleged that Lodhi was arrested because he refused to pay a bribe of Rs 2,000 to the cops, but Thakur had refuted the claim.