Saturday, January 21, 2017
NEW DELHI: Tej Bahadur Yadav, a jawan with the Border Security Force, became a household internet name overnight after he video he posted highlighted the deplorable quality of food and conditions and quickly went viral.
The harrowing video features Yadav, who says that the jawans are made to stand for 11 straight hours every day regardless the weather or temperature. Yadav says that little attention is paid to the jawans’ conditions, and the reason for posting the video is to shed light on the situation. The video then shows shots of dried up chapatis and runny daal, and Yadav says that on many occasions, the jawans after to go to sleep on an empty stomach.
As the video went viral, Home Minister Rajnath Singh ordered a probe into the allegations. 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," the home minister tweeted.
However, the army moved to distance itself from the soldier. Reports in the media claim that the BSF was ready to court martial Yadav in 2010, but didn’t do so owing to his family, as Yadav was an alcoholic who needed routine counseling.
"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," rediff.com quoted the BSF statement as saying.
MDS Mann, DIG BSF also said that Yadav has had 4 bad entries in 20 years of service and he wasn't promoted for the same reason.
Yadav meanwhile told India Today that he was transferred from the BSF camp to the headquarters and assigned plumber’s duties. He also said that he was instructed to take down the video. "I am not afraid of losing my job...I have shown what the reality is at the post". "If soldiers [are] benefited because of me, then I am ready to fight," he told India Today.
As a result of the above, the hashtag #BSFJawan was trending on Twitter, with many supporting Yadav and criticising the army’s attempts to denounce and repudiate his allegations.