While the home ministry has ordered an immediate enquiry against constable Tej Bahadur, the BSF claim that the jawan is 'a habitual offender'
New Delhi: A Border Security Force (BSF) jawan, posted near the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu, caught the Union home ministry and the BSF unawares, on Monday night after he posted a video on Facebook, alleging corruption in high places and inhuman working conditions for his colleagues. While the home ministry has ordered an immediate enquiry, the BSF brushed the matter under the carpet, claiming that the jawan was “a habitual offender."
“Be it any government, our condition is the same. I want to show this to the ministers and media that our authorities are doing injustice towards us. The government provides us with supplies, but the authorities sell it off for their benefit. We don’t get anything in these conditions. The government gives us everything, but it is sold off in the market and that should be investigated," said constable Tej Bahadur, in his Facebook video.
He also documented the fact that jawans had to often go to bed on an empty stomach and were provided meals that were meagre in quantity and unfit for human consumption. He also added that “authorities have great power and after this video I may not remain in the forces and anything can happen to me".
The Union home ministry has now taken cognizance of the video and has ordered an immediate investigation into the matter.
“I have seen the video on the BSF jawan’s plight and have asked the home secretary to immediately seek a report from the BSF and take appropriate action," said Union home minister Rajnath Singh.
At the same time, Union minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju stated that they had taken note of the BSF jawan’s video. He added, “during my regular visits to border posts, I find a high level of satisfaction amongst the jawans. The welfare of our security forces guarding the borders and other difficult areas are our absolute priority and any anomaly will be dealt with firmly."
However, the BSF has rubbished Tej Bahadur’s claims, stating that he was a habitual offender and had often needed psychological counselling.
“Constable Tej Bahadur as an individual has a difficult past. From the initial days of his career, he needed regular counseling. 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 senior officers and certain other acts against good order and discipline," the BSF said in a statement.
The BSF also added that due to his chequered track record, Tej Bahadur had served mostly in the BSF headquarters under the supervision of senior officers and that he had been sent “just 10 days back to his place of deployment along the LoC to facilitate support to high altitude forward locations."
A senior officer, the BSF said, had already reached the location from where the video was taken to look into the matter.
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