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BSF jawan video: Home ministry seeks full report

bsf-jawan-youtube Constable Tej Bahadur complaining about the treatment being meted out to soldiers | Youtube

The union home ministry has asked BSF to submit a fact report by Wednesday in the case involving a jawan, who claimed poor quality food was being served to soldiers on the LoC. His social media video posts had prompted authorities to initiate action into the allegations.

Officials said the Border Security Force (BSF) headquarters here has already submitted a preliminary report on the case to the home ministry on Tuesday and a full report was being prepared by a Deputy Inspector General (DIG)-rank officer who is based in Jammu and Kashmir.

Home minister Rajnath Singh had also taken note of the video and ordered an "appropriate action".

"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.

The border guarding force, in a statement issued yesterday, 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 counselling. Different correction mechanics have been applied for the individuals 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 enquiry is underway as the BSF has taken the allegations levelled 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 were facing "cruelty" as they were served "bad quality" food and even have to go on "empty stomach" at times.

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

Yadav, currently deployed along the Line of Control in the Rajouri sector of JK, has now been shifted to a nearby battalion pending the Court of Inquiry (CoI)

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