Uttar Pradesh policewoman Shrestha Thakur, who made headlines last week after a video of her standing up to BJP workers went viral, was transferred to Bahraich district on Saturday. She was transferred along with a few other deputy superintendents. Over 150 police personnel have been transferred, in a major mass shuffle by the UP government.
Thakur, who was stationed at Syana circle in Bulandshahar district, had sent five BJP workers to jail for ‘obstruction of duty’. Thakur’s transfer followed a meeting of 11 party MLAs and MPs with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath over the issue.
According to reports, BJP city president Mukesh Bhardwaj has accepted that the officer was transferred to “keep the pride of party workers intact”. The altercation between BJP workers and Thakur happened after they protested against police action on one of its leaders, Pramod Kumar. He was slapped with a fine of Rs 200 for not wearing a helmet while riding his motorcycle.
In the video, which went viral on social media, Thakur could be heard invoking CM Yogi Adityanath’s name, asking the protesters to get a written order from him stating that the BJP workers were exempted from police checking.