Shreshta Thakur has been transferred, allegedly as punishment for standing up to BJP workers. Photo: Hindustan Times

A female police officer who was praised for standing up to a group of verbally abusive BJP workers in Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh, was transferred to Bahraich on Saturday, according to media reports.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath met with the party’s 11 MLAs and an MP to discuss the issue and they urged him to take action against the officer for sending five BJP leaders to jail.

Himanshu Mittal, Bulandshahr district president of the BJP, was quoted as saying, “We had complained to the CM. The behavior of the officer was intolerable and a transfer was [the] bare minimum punishment we had sought.”

On June 22, when Shreshtha Thakur and her colleagues were checking vehicles in Syana, she stopped a  motorcyclist for not wearing a helmet and issued him a Rs200 fine. The man identified himself as BJP leader Pramod Kumar and the two began arguing. Pramod reportedly called over more party leaders, who also became belligerent.

Daily News and Analysis reported that when the party workers started misbehaving with Thakur and other officers, she arrested the BJP leader and four of his supporters for allegedly obstructing an officer. This, however, was denied by the party workers, who alleged that Pramod was arrested because he refused to pay a bribe.

Meanwhile, Thakur took to Facebook to tell her story and has been garnering online support for her actions.

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