BSF dubs soldier video on poor food quality as an act of 'indiscpline'

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 11, 2017 10:15 hrs
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(Image : Tej Bahadur)

Srinagar: Refuting the allegations levelled by soldier Tej Bahadur in a video message, the Border Security Force (BSF) on Tuesday accused the latter of indulging in indiscipline act and added that it is a sensitive matter for the forces.

"He indulged in action of indiscipline and he was to be court-martialed in 2010; considering his family he wasn't dismissed. It is a sensitive matter for us, we will probe the it and take actions accordingly. Can't comment on the allegations as yet, enquiry has been ordered. If any lapses found then strict action will be taken," Inspector General, BSF, D.K. Upadhyay said while briefing media here.

Contrary to charges made by Bahadur, the Upadhyay added that DIG level officers who have visited the camp in past, have never received any complaint regarding allegations levelled in the video.

"I can agree that taste of the food might not be very great but have never received any complaint from jawans regarding the same," he said.

Within hours of the Facebook video addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi going viral, in which BSF Jawan Tej Bahadur narrated the hardships he faced every day on the Line of Control (LoC), his superiors at Border Security Force (BSF) released a statement in which they accused the soldier of being a frequent discipline breaker.

Tej Bahadur's wife Sharmila rubbished BSF's claims, which termed him mentally unstable, and questioned why was he sent to the border, if he was mentally unfit.

"What my husband did is right and for the welfare of the soldiers. It is not wrong to demand for food. He has only shown the truth, but these people are saying his mental health is not well. If he was mentally unstable, why was he sent to the border?" she said.

Sharmila also urged the government to investigate the matter and ensure justice to her husband and family.

Rohit, son of Tej Bahadur, also supported his father's demand for good food and expressed his inclination towards investigation of the matter.

"We have been unable to contact him since last evening. We last spoke to him yesterday evening. We don't know where has he been kept and in what circumstances. He just demanded for good food, which is not wrong. We want to know what is happening with him and if he is fine. I want this matter to be investigated and wish he gets justice," he said.

In the video of Bahadur, he said that the jawans are deprived of adequate nutrition as the food is both substandard and insufficient by showing half-baked chapatis and inedible dal served in his lunch. In fact, at times, the jawan said, they even have to sleep on an empty stomach.

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