In January 2017, Border Security Force (BSF) jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav shot a video alleging that poor and unhealthy quality of food was served to the troops. He later posted the video on his social media account and the video gained momentum all over the internet leading to controversy within no time. Apparently, he posted another video on his social media accounts accusing BSF of mentally torturing him. In the video, Tej Bahadur has claimed that the organization had tampered with the phone during January 2017 and spoiled his image for speaking up against corruption in the department.
In April 2017, Officer Tej Bahadur Yadav was dismissed from his service by the BSF on the charges of indiscipline after a long investigation. He filed a petition at the Punjab and Haryana High Court in January 2018 against the actions of BSF to dismiss him. Incidentally, shocking revelations have come up from the hearing of the case. While the Centre defended dismissing constable Tej Bahadur Yadav during the hearing, BSF revealed some appalling details about the case.
Justifying his dismissal, BSF told the court that the video shared by Yadav complaining about the quality of the food “could have led to a mutiny among the armed forces”. This assertion has been made by the Border Security Forces in a written reply to the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
In the written note, BSF has claimed that Tej Bahadur Yadav insisted on a hunger strike and asked the other troops to follow him. Moreover, he was a regular troublemaker at the force. Authorities have given a number of instances where Tej Bahadur was reprimanded and even jailed during his tenure.
The BSF has claimed:
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“The issue was so sensitive and grave that this could have led to a mutiny among the forces had it not been controlled by the government of India and the BSF. Moreover, this issue has also immensely eroded the image of the country at the international forum”.
Apparently, Tej Bahadur Yadav has claimed that he was not allowed to take voluntary retirement on January 31 because of the video that is why he decided to go on a hunger strike. He wanted to protest against the poor quality of food being served to the jawans.
According to media reports, BSF also told the court that 18 of Tej Bahadur’s Facebook friends were either from Pakistan or of Pakistani origin. In the written affidavit, BSF stated:
“Petitioner (Yadav) provided this opportunity on a platter to Pakistan to use it as a tool of a propaganda machinery to further make adverse effects on the morale of the rank and file of Indian forces”
According to BSF, the matter was of serious concern even though “no solid evidence could be made available in his communication/chat with the outsiders that could have harmed the national interest of the citizens of the country”.
Tej Bahadur Yadav’s counsel, advocate SP Yadav has sought time to respond to the affidavit and the matter will be taken up next in the court on February 27, 2019.