Thiruvananthapuram: Chaitra Teresa John, superintendant of police of the women's cell at the headquarters, was merely carrying out her duty. She was in charge of tracing some of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) workers, who allegedly pelted stones at the Medical College police station for not being allowed to visit two accused in a POCSO case.

The woman officer raided the CPI(M)'s district office in search of the DYFI (the party's youth wing) workers. Following the complaint filed by district secretary Anavoor Nagappan, the state police chief has reportedly sought an explanation from Teresa John.

The Kerala government, instead of protecting the officer, has immediately transferred her.

Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala, according to reports, slammed chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan for "protecting law breakers instead of such honest officers".

Earlier too, the woman cop sent eight state government employees belonging to a Left union to jail. They were accused of vandalising a branch of the State Bank of India on January 9 while observing a nationwide strike.