VRS plea of jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav who complained about food rejected: BSF

The move has not been seen kindly by Yadav's family which alleged that the trooper was being "threatened and tortured mentally".

Published: 02nd February 2017 03:00 PM  |   Last Updated: 02nd February 2017 06:29 PM   |  A+A-

Tej Bahadur Yadav, a BSF jawan, stationed at Rajouri sector in Jammu and Kashmir

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: The Border Security Force (BSF) has rejected the VRS plea of constable Tej Bahadur Yadav, who had posted a video online raising concerns about the poor quality of food served to jawans in forwarding locations.

Yadav's application for voluntary retirement was accepted last year and he posted a video in January which went viral on social media.

Following this, the BSF and the Ministry of Home Affairs ordered an enquiry into the allegations.

A BSF official said Yadav was to retire on January 31 but considering the enquiry pending against him, his voluntary retirement has been cancelled.

Officials said as per procedure, all the persons connected to a CoI are required to be questioned by officials of the enquiry team and his plea for VRS cannot be admitted at this stage.

“Categorically stated that TBY (Tej Bahadur Yadav) has not been arrested. He was given non-acceptance of VRS on 30th Jan 2017 pending an enquiry as per procedure,” the BSF tweeted.

BSF’s denial of harassment to Yadav comes after his family reportedly alleged that he was "threatened and tortured mentally".

In a statement, the BSF said, "Cancellation of VRS was communicated to constable Yadav on January 30 evening only."

The BSF also clarified that Yadav "has not been arrested" as alleged by the family.

Yadav's wife reportedly claimed that her husband had called her on Thursday morning and claimed he was being threatened and harassed and that he has been put under arrest.

Yadav has reportedly told his wife that he was being forced into voluntary retirement, but it was cancelled and he was arrested.

He was supposed to reach home on January 31.

"Waited for him on January 31, but he didn't come. He called up to say that he was asked to retire. He further said that his retirement was also cancelled within one hour and that he was later arrested. He managed to call up today using someone else's phone, told me that he's under arrest, being threatened and mentally tortured," his wife said.

Yadav’s video had led the PMO to step in and seek a detailed report from the Ministry of Home. The MHA, in turn, sought a report from the BSF in which the paramilitary claimed that there was no
shortage of ration at the border outposts and that the quality of food was regularly checked by food inspectors. 

The matter was brought to media attention after Yadav posted a video criticising the unhygienic food served to jawans.

His video also opened a pandora's box with more jawans from other paramilitary organisations posting videos about terrible conditions that they live in.

After these incidents, Army chief Bipin Rawat said that jawans can approach him with their complaints, but they would be penalised for posting videos on social media.

Tej Bahadur has since been followed by almost 1,20,000 people on Facebook. Many celebrities and sports personalities have also tweeted in favour of ensuring proper facilities for jawans.

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