Border Security Force (BSF) soldier Tej Bahadur Yadav, whose video complaint about bad food at his unit triggered a row, is claimed to have 17 per cent Pakistanis as friends on Facebook.
Media reports quoted government sources as saying that most of these Pakistani Facebook friends were there in his friends’ list much before he posted the video.
This, the Centre said, points fingers at his conduct while working for a border guarding force.
In total, he has over 3,000 Facebook friends, ranging from countries like Bangladesh and others apart from Pakistan.
His friends list swelled after he raised the issue of bad quality food, which created uproar in the government and general public.
Over 1.2 lakh people also follow his Facebook account, especially after he took on the largest border guarding force.
“His act has damaged the reputation of BSF with not an iota of truth in it,” said a senior government functionary in the North Block.
Few days back, Yadav’s wife had filed a petition in the Delhi High Court, saying they have no idea of his whereabouts. The family had claimed that they have sent two letters to the BSF Director General to know where Yadav is, but haven’t heard from them.
Following this, the Ministry of Home Affairs has informed court that Yadav has been shifted to another battalion at Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba district and is not under arrest.
The court has also directed that Yadav’s wife be allowed to meet him over the weekend in Samba.
BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav had on January 9 posted a video on Facebook which showed a meal box comprising a watery soup-like dal, which he said had only turmeric and salt and a burnt chapatti. Following the video, the Prime Minister’s Office had sought a detailed factual report on it from the Union Home Ministry and BSF.