Border Security Force jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav, who posted a series of videos alleging poor quality of food given to soldiers, has been shifted from the Line of Control to the headquarters of his 29 battalion in Poonch.
Deployed along the Indo-Pak border in Jammu and Kashmir, Yadav alleged that troops are facing ‘cruelty’ as they are served bad quality food and even have to go ‘empty stomach’ at times.
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.
The BSF and the home ministry have both ordered inquiries.
“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,” Home Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted.
Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Home, also said “any anomaly will be dealt with firmly”.
“Taken serious note of a BSF Jawan video. But during my regular visit to border posts I find high level of satisfactions amongst the jawans,” He said on Twitter.
In four different videos clocking over four minutes released online, Yadav also went on to show the food that is allegedly being served to him.
“We only get a paratha and tea as breakfast and this is without any pickle or vegetables… we slog for 11 hours and at times we have to stand throughout the duty hours. For lunch, we get daal (pulses) which only has haldi (turmeric) and salt… with roti. This is the quality of the food we get … how can a jawan do his duty? I request the Prime Minister to get this probed.
“… No one shows our plight,” Yadav alleged, adding, “It is cruelty and injustice against us.”
A senior BSF official said that the BSF jawans deployed along the Line of Control in J&K work under the operational command of the army which also provides for “food and other logistics of the jawans”.
It has also been found, the official said, that Yadav has been given four major punishments in the past and has been issued reprimands for alleged violation of discipline.
“However, the force has already ordered for a full investigation into the allegations made by Yadav who joined the force in 1996,” the official said, adding the jawan has also applied for voluntary retirement.
With inputs from PTI