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Jawan’s video finally yields result; Home ministry seeks BSF report

New Delhi: The Union home ministry has asked the Border Security Force to submit a report by Wednesday on the videos posted on social media by a jawan at a border post that showed the poor quality food being served to soldiers on the LoC.

Predictably, the Border Security Force (BSF) had tried to find fault with the jawan in its first reactions, calling him a “bad hat” who had already faced a court martial and had a record of discipline issues, but failed to offer an explanation on why the jawans were being served sub-standard food.

It has also not denied the jawan’s allegations on the quality and quantity of food served at the border posts. Officials said the BSF headquarters has already submitted a preliminary report in the case to the home ministry Tuesday and a full report is being prepared by a deputy inspector general (DIG)-rank officer who is based in Jammu and Kashmir.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh had also taken note of the video Tuesday and ordered an “appropriate action” into the incident.

“I have seen a video regarding a BSF jawan’s plight. I have asked the HS (home secretary) to immediately seek a report from the BSF & take appropriate action,” Singh had tweeted.

Earlier in the day, BSF said the constable, Tej Bahadur Yadav of the 29th battalion, who posted these videos was court-martialed in 2010 for indiscipline and aiming a gun at a senior officer even as it assured of a thorough probe into his allegations.

Some media reports said Yadav had asked for a CBI probe into his allegations. The border guarding force, in a statement issued Tuesday, had called Yadav a “bad hat” and habitual offender.

“Constable Tej Bahadur as an individual has a difficult past. From initial days of his career, he needed regular counseling. Different correction mechanics have been applied for the individual’s welfare as he was habitual offender of absenteeism without permission, chronic alcoholism, misbehaving and using force with superior officers and certain other acts against good order and discipline,” it had said.

“A high-level inquiry is underway as the BSF has taken the allegations leveled by the constable very seriously.

“However, prima facie it was found that no other jawan deployed at the same place had any problem with the quality of food being served to them,” BSF inspector general in Jammu D K Upadhyaya told reporters.

In videos uploaded on social media platforms, the jawan, wearing camouflage uniform and carrying a rifle, claimed that while government procures essentials for them, the higher-ups and officers “sell it off” in an “illegal” manner in the market and they have to suffer.

He had also alleged that troops are facing “cruelty” as they are served “bad quality” food and even have to go “empty stomach” at times.

The jawan hails from Mahendragarh district of Haryana and had joined the force in 1996.

Yadav was currently deployed along the Line of Control in the Rajouri sector of J and K and has now been shifted to a nearby battalion pending the Court of Inquiry (CoI).

(With inputs from Agency)

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