Shrestha Thakur not first cop to pay price for taking on BJP leaders

The Uttar Pradesh government's decision to transfer a lady cop who took on local BJP leaders for violating traffic rules raised several eyebrows, while the shunted officer received widespread acclaim on social media for her bravado and sense of duty.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 3, 2017 10:06 pm
UP woman cop transferred, UP police officer transferred, BJP workers, BJP mob, Shrestha Thakur transferred, yogi adityanath, uttar pradesh government, indian express UP police officer Shrestha Thakur. Photo: Youtube screengrab

Ever since Yogi Adityanath took charge as the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, there has been a major reshuffle within the state police department. Ostensibly, the exercise is being seen as an attempt to revamp the police set-up as the CM is insistent on curbing crime. However, the state government’s decision to transfer a lady cop who took on local BJP leaders for violating traffic rules raised several eyebrows, while the shunted officer received widespread acclaim on social media for her bravado and sense of duty.

On Saturday, the Uttar Pradesh police transferred DSP Shrestha Thakur, less than a fortnight after a video of her chiding local BJP leaders went viral on social media. Thakur, who was among 244 Deputy Superintendents of Police, was posted as circle officer at Syana in Bulandshahr district. In the video, she is seen confronting BJP city president Mukesh Bhardwaj and other party workers. A verbal spat broke out between them after the police fined BJP worker Pramod Kumar for riding a motorcycle “without any documents, number plate and helmet.”

Reflecting on her transfer, Thakur posted a brief message on her Facebook account. “Got transfer to Bahraich, it’s Nepal border, don’t worry my friends I am happy…. I accept it as a reward for my good work…. u all are invited to bahraich(sic),” she wrote, along with an Urdu couplet: “Jahan bhi jayega roshni lutayega, kisi charagh ka apna makan nahi hota (A lamp does not have a house. It spreads light wherever it goes).”

This is not the first time when police officers who took stern action against BJP leaders have been transferred under the present government. Earlier in April, Saharanpur SSP Love Kumar and Agra SSP Pritinder Singh were also transferred after their stringent action against BJP leaders and workers of RSS affiliates such as the Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad for their alleged involvement in major incidents of hooliganism in the two districts.

These officers were also transferred after a delegation of party MPs and MLAs from western UP met Yogi Adityanath and complained against the two top cops, reported the Wire. Kumar had booked BJP members including local MP Raghav Lakhanpal for allegedly taking out an illegal procession through a communally sensitive area in Saharanpur. According to a report in The Wire, Lakhanpal had allegedly instigated a mob of BJP workers to attack the officer’s house and to engage in rioting and destruction of public and private properties in Saharanpur.

Similarly, Agra SSP Pritinder Singh caught the ire of BJP leaders for taking action against Hindutva leaders and activists. The officer had booked senior RSS leaders and hundreds of Bajrang Dal and VHP workers after a large mob attacked Sadar Bazaar police station and assaulted policemen on April 22. According to reports, they had barged into the police station and tried to open the gates of the lock-up to release five Bajrang Dal workers who were arrested on charges of assaulting Muslim grocery shop owners. They also allegedly set ablaze a police vehicle on fire, demanding that the FIR against the arrested men be withdrawn.

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    Test Test
    Jul 12, 2017 at 12:38 pm
    paid comments lol inki jali hai modi aur yogi se black money jo band kar di inki hahaha
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      V R
      Jul 5, 2017 at 11:01 am
      So Adityanath is NO different from Akhilesh. Political goondas are VIPs in this country. No Modi nobody can improve political goondagardi. Hey ram.
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        harsh
        Jul 5, 2017 at 1:04 am
        so yogi is going to curb crime by transferring honest police officers ,,,, it just proves that wearing saffron clothes or shouting ram or wearing a sadhu look does'nt turn a devil into a saint infact its the best way to hide your true face,,, and now the power to control the state is even going to make the situation more worse ,,,
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          observer
          Jul 4, 2017 at 7:11 pm
          "CM is insistent on curbing crime"... Please start with the criminals in your party sir.
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            Deshbandhu
            Jul 4, 2017 at 7:07 pm
            Saffron Terrorist Brigade is afraid of Honest Citizens.
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              nilesh redekar
              Jul 4, 2017 at 4:18 pm
              BJP is no different than other political parties. These politicians unite against the law, Public and the system and act no less than the Rulers.... but people of India won't get united against these culprits to show them that they are sevaks/naukers of the public and not the owners/boss...... and this will continue...
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                khaja
                Jul 4, 2017 at 3:57 pm
                Shrestha Thakur, hats off to you maam, RSS goondas got frightened of you maam The Urdu couplet what you cited fits you maam, couplet said light, I would say you are a sholay, if they try to touch you, they will be ruined and ash remains. Unfortunately, most of male officers are chanchas, due to this undeserved team occupied positions.
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                  Lovely
                  Jul 4, 2017 at 12:58 pm
                  This lady police officer is going too far, better if she restricts her speed. She is just copying some filmy style stunts. Unless govt initiates some daring police reforms it is not that easy. It is tight rope walking . It not just policing. There are other aspects also.Yogi may be honest but he has 47 ministers , 71 MPs, and 323 MLAs. He has to run the govt and this lady officer is just another drop in sea.
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                    Samay
                    Jul 4, 2017 at 3:47 pm
                    What about Kiran Bedi's stunt?
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                      Lovely
                      Jul 4, 2017 at 4:29 pm
                      To be a Kiran Bedi one should have guts. This Thakurani officer can also be Kiran Bedi but she the career road will rough and throny. Hope she will learn better policing.
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                      khaja
                      Jul 4, 2017 at 3:57 pm
                      Chamcha
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                        Deshbandhu
                        Jul 4, 2017 at 7:05 pm
                        Lovely - BHAKT.
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                          Lovely
                          Jul 4, 2017 at 9:48 pm
                          I am not Bhakt, my family has police officers. So I know how police man suffers all levels, from constable to SP (district level)
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                          harsh
                          Jul 5, 2017 at 1:15 am
                          what do you mean by filmsy style stunts ,,, what she did is no different than bedi did ,, dont call someone filmsy just because he/she acted against the corrupt individuals that you supported ,,, you are just a blind bhakt and stupid one too ,,,i too have police officers in my family ,,, it takes guts to act against these mla's ministers and mp's ,,, what is taking so long for yogi to implement the police reforms ??? did'nt he wanted to end the rule of criminals in the state ??? why dont they implement the reforms given in law commission report ??? and plz dont answer that he has to look after 47 ministers and 71 MP's and 323 MLA's because that's just a talk of a corrupt individual
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                            Lovely
                            Jul 5, 2017 at 2:45 pm
                            Not flimsy it filmy style correct yourself. What I wrote is prevailing ground realities.
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