“It is beautiful to look in the photograph, but to stand in the snow for 11 hours straight in the freezing cold and going back to eat nothing but a few hardened rotis with ‘dal-less’ curry, is not a very good sign,’’ sums up the pain and agony of the BSF jawan who posted videos of their plights from the border.
Constable Tej Bahadur Yadav took a daring step on Monday when he posted the videos of the food that is being served to the border soldiers and directly accused the higher officials of corruption due to which worst quality food is being served to the soldiers.
The videos have stirred the entire country as they went viral within minutes after uploaded into social media. Home Minister Rajnath Singh was the first to act upon the allegations as he asked for the report soon after the general public started thrashing the government.
BSF: Jawan is an alcoholic
Meanwhile, a war of words broke out on Tuesday between the Border Security Force and one of its personnel who alleged in a series of viral videos that troops were served inedible food and rations was often siphoned off.
The BSF said Tej Bahadur Yadav – a soldier deployed along the Indo-Pakistan border in Jammu and Kashmir – had a “difficult past” and needed regular counselling.
“Different correction mechanics have been applied 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,” the force said in a statement. The BSF also ordered a “fair and transparent” probe.
Government’s veiled cover for honour
Today, junior home minister Kiren Rijiju stated that the government has taken “serious note” of a video shot by a Border Security Force soldier who alleged that troops were served bad-quality food, on Tuesday. In a series of tweets, Rijiju said he had found a “high-level of satisfaction” among soldiers during his visits to the border. This was in sharp contrast to the BSF personnel video that said soldiers often had to starve because higher-sold off ration “illegally”.
“Welfare of our security forces absolute priority. Any anomaly to be dealt with firmly,” Rijiju tweeted.
The video – shot by constable Tej Bahadur Yadav deployed along the Indo-Pakistan border in Jammu and Kashmir – has prompted the BSF to initiate an inquiry after the allegations sparked outrage.
Home minister Rajnath Singh tweeted on Monday night, saying he had seen the video and that he has sought a report from the BSF to take “appropriate action”.
The BSF took note of the video and tweeted from its official handle that an inquiry has been ordered.
“BSF is highly sensitive to the welfare of tps(troops). Individual aberrations, if any, are enquired into. A senior officer has already rchd (reached) the location,” the force tweeted after tagging the video.
Jawan remains undeterred
Meanwhile the ‘sudden hero’, Jawan Yadav told a private news channel that he believed authorities wouldn’t target him as the video has gone viral. “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,” the channel quoted him as saying.