BSF transfers jawan after video on food
By Our Correspondent
srinagar , 11 Jan, 2017 :: A day after Border Security Force (BSF) constable Tej Bahadur Yadav uploaded a video where he alleged that troops were served bad quality food and some times they had to go on an “empty stomach”, he was transferred from his unit to another location.
BSF officials claimed the transfer had been done to ensure a ‘fair probe,’ even as they accused the jawan of being a ‘chronic alcoholic.’ BSF also ordered an enquiry and deputed a Deputy-Inspector General (DIG) rank officer to find out the truth in the allegations levelled by Mr.Yadav.
In a series of videos, which went viral on social media platforms, Mr. Yadav claimed that while the government procures essentials for the forces and para-military, the higher-ups and officers “sell it off” in an “illegal” manner in the market.
On Tuesday, the Home Ministry set a deadline of Wednesday to BSF Director-General K.K. Sharma to submit the enquiry report.
BSF Inspector General (IG) in Jammu, D.K. Upadhyay told reporters that Mr. Yadav was sent for duty at the Line of Control (LoC), which is under the operational control of the Army, only on December 28 as many personnel were on leave. The officer also said that for four years, Mr. Yadav was not given any field duty and was stationed in the headquarters. “Instead of putting a video on Facebook, we would have been happy had he come through the proper grievance redressal system. I am amazed as on January 6, a DIG visited the unit and he didn’t complain of anything. His intent was something else and now it is obvious,” said Mr. Upadhyay.
In an interview to ABP News, Mr. Yadav refuted the the BSF IG’s claims and said he had “informed his current commander about the state of things about three to four times.”
He added, “Now is it wrong to put forth the truth if no action is being taken even after repeated complaints? I have only showed the people of the country the truth and I don’t think that is wrong.” On Tuesday, the BSF also revealed that Mr. Yadav had been court-martialed in 2010 for indiscipline and for aiming a gun at a senior officer
“It is reality. He has many complaints against him including intoxication, insubordination... But keeping in view his family and his children, he was not dismissed from the service but was given a rigorous imprisonment of 89 days. He had applied for a voluntary retirement from the force and was to leave the services on January 31,” Mr. Upadhyay said.
In the television interview Mr. Yadav admitted to have made the mistakes but said he had also received a gold medal for his performance. “Yes, I have been accused but if all of this is true, then you should also ask those accusing me that why did they then award me? I have been awarded 16 times and I have also won a gold medal for the best BSF all-rounder. I have recovered from all the punishments that I was given. I accept that I made mistakes. Humans make mistakes and that I did undergo punishments for them but then why was I given awards?” Mr. Yadav said.
In at least three different videos released online, Mr. Yadav also goes on to show the food that is allegedly being served to him.