Lucknow: A group of women constables posed for selfies with senior Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday when she was stopped on the outskirts of Lucknow on her way to Agra in Uttar Pradesh. The photographs of the women constables posing with Priyanka went viral on social media soon after. However, it didn’t turn out to be a happy moment for the constables as now they are likely to face action for posing with the political leader.Also Read - CBSE Class 12 Board Exams 2021: Board Acknowledges Error in Sociology Paper on 'Gujarat Violence', to Take Action Against Paper Setters
Lucknow Police Commissioner D.K. Thakur has said that the women constables who posed for selfies with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will face action. In the photographs, Priyanka and the young women can be seen smiling. Also Read - Punjab Assembly Polls: Akali Dal's Manjinder Singh Sirsa Joins BJP In Presence of Union Ministers
Reacting to the news that there will be action against those young women constables, Priyanka said, “If posing for a photograph with me is a crime, I should be punished, why blame the women constables.” The senior Congress leader also took to Twitter and wrote in Hindi, “There’s news that Yogi ji got so upset with this picture that he wants to take action against these women policemen. If it is a crime to take pictures with me, then I should also be punished for it, it does not suit the government to spoil the career of these hardworking and loyal policemen.” Also Read - Breaking News Highlights: 5 Members of Gang in UP TET Question Paper Leak Incident Arrested
Priyanka Gandhi was stopped on her way to Agra for nearly two hours and later allowed to proceed with four persons since Section 144 is in place. She went to Agra to meet the family of Arun Valmiki who allegedly died in police custody and promised them all help in their fight for justice.
Valmiki, a ‘safai karamchari’, who had been arrested in connection with the theft of Rs 25 lakh from the police strong room, died after his health deteriorated during interrogation. Senior Superintendent of Police, Agra Muniraj G said he fell sick on Tuesday night while a raid was being carried out at his house. He was then taken to a hospital but doctors declared him dead, he said.
Arun was accused of stealing the money on Saturday night from a building that served as the police station’s evidence locker, and where he worked as a cleaner. Arun’s family claimed that he died due to custodial torture.