NEW DELHI: A day after a video of a BSF jawan alleging corruption in the provision of food at the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir went viral and the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh took cognisance of the issues flagged by him, the Government on Tuesday directed BSF chief to submit the enquiry report by Wednesday.
After being prodded by the Prime Minister’s Office, both Singh and Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi called up the BSF DG KK Sharma and directed him to complete the enquiry and submit the report by tomorrow.
Singh had late on Monday night tweeted, “I have seen a video regarding a BSF jawan’s plight. I have asked HS to immediately seek a report from the BSF and take appropriate action.”
Sharma told a television channel that the jawan might have some problem and action will be taken if the allegations are substantiated during the enquiry.
Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju tweeted, “Taken serious note of a BSF jawan video. But during my regular visit to border posts, I find high levels of satisfaction amongst the jawan. The welfare of our security forces guarding the borders and other difficult are of absolute priority. Any anomaly will be dealt with firmly.”
Meanwhile, the Jammu Frontier of the BSF on Tuesday issued a statement denying allegations of irregularities in supply of ration to the paramilitary jawans deployed on the International Boundary (IB) or the Line of Control (LoC).
“In comparison to international border deployment serving conditions are harsh as weather and counterparts (Pak forces) both pose difficult challenges. However, the ration is authorised to all including officers at LoC and is available in good quality, quantity and in variety,” the BSF said in a statement.
“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 individual’s welfare as he was a habitual offender of absenteeism without permission, chronic alcoholism, misbehaving and using force with superior officers and certain other acts against good order and discipline. For such reasons, individual (Tej Bahadur) has served mostly in headquarters under the supervision of some dedicated superior officer. Inspite of him being a bad hat, proper time has been devoted for the individual’s improvement as a welfare to the individual, the statement said.
The constable was sent to the forward area along the LoC just 10 days back on an experimental basis to observe the improvements of past counselling. The DIG and Commanding Officer visited him and other BSF jawans in the last one week and there was no complaint from anyone, the statement further said.
“Leaving apart the background of individual, to enquire into the circumstances which the individual alleges in the posted videos, a DIG rank officer has reached the location. The investigation will reveal the facts soon,” the statement added.
IG BSF DK Upadhyaya told reporters in Jammu, "It is reality. He has many complaints against him including intoxication, insubordination, aiming a gun at a senior officer. He was court-martialed in 2010. But keeping in view his family and his children, he was not dismissed from the service but was given a rigorous imprisonment of 89 days,"the IG said.
The IG said Yadav has applied for a voluntary retirement from the force and was to leave the services on January 31.
"The BSF itself purchases ration for its force deployed on the International Border, but for the deployment on the Line of Control, the ration is supplied by the army and nobody has ever complained about the quality of the food either on LoC or the IB," Upadhyaya said.
The winter stocking started from January 1, the jawans do not get fresh vegetables as the force rely mostly on tinned food and there has been no complaint against it, he further said.
"He has been shifted to another headquarter to ensure that an impartial inquiry is conducted and that he does not complain of being pressurised” he added.
Meanwhile, film and sports celebrities came in a support of Yadav.
Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag said better care should be taken of soldiers and farmers. He tweeted, “Whatever said and done, our Soldiers and Farmers need to be taken better care of. Proper food needs to reach them all. #Food4Soldiers.”
Mohammad Kaif tweeted, “Proper food for our jawans is a must. Bas baat khatam.” Boxer Vijender Singh tweeted, “Really disturbed by the video of our soldiers being deprived of food. Pray their needs are taken care of.”