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After BSF man posts video, Home Minister Rajnath Singh seeks report

These are clips from a series of four videos posted Sunday afternoon on Facebook by a man, who was later identified by the BSF as Constable Tej Bahadur Yadav

Written by Deeptiman Tiwary , Somya Lakhani | New Delhi | Updated: January 10, 2017 9:10 am
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IN A dimly lit kitchen, a BSF man sits with a half-burnt paratha in his hand and a glass of tea. A voiceover, in Hindi, claims this is all that the troops get for breakfast. In another shot, the camera shows a pressure cooker half-filled with dal, which is described as “more of turmeric and salt”. Then, the man behind that voice appears in BSF fatigues, with snow in the background, to claim that jawans are forced to serve in the force “because of corruption by senior officials”.

These are clips from a series of four videos posted Sunday afternoon on Facebook by a man, who was later identified by the BSF as Constable Tej Bahadur Yadav, from the force’s 29th battalion based in Jammu and Kashmir.

More than 24 hours later, the videos have gone viral with a total of over 7 million views and rising by Monday night, prompting the force to rush a senior officer to the location, a transit post en route to the Line of Control (LoC).

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The border force also issued a statement, saying that “the BSF is highly sensitive to the welfare of troops”. “Individual aberrations, if any, are enquired into. A senior officer has already reached the location,” it said.

Home Ministry officials said that Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has asked the Union Home Secretary to immediately seek a report from the BSF and take appropriate action.

A BSF officer, however, told The Indian Express that Yadav had faced disciplinary proceedings previously on various charges, including “alcohol abuse”.

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The tough working conditions and stress faced by paramilitary forces have been under the spotlight before, and the videos posted by Yadav focus mainly on meals served to soldiers.

In one video, Yadav turns the camera to the half-burnt paratha and a glass of chai. “Main abhi subah ka aapko naashta dikhata hu…yeh jale huye parathe sirf aur chai ka glass…na achar, na jam, na butter. Yeh hai 29 Bn BSF ke jawaano ka naashta (I will show you our breakfast this morning. This burnt paratha only and a glass of tea… no pickle, no jam, no butter. This is the breakfast of soldiers of BSF’s 29 Battalion).”


In another video, Yadav records a conversation with kitchen staff to convey the lack of basic ingredients needed to cook dal. “Sirf haldi hai dal mein, aur kuch nahi? Na pyaaz, na lehsun…jeera bhi nahin hai? (There is only turmeric in the dal, nothing else? No onions, no garlic… are there no cumin seeds, either?),” Yadav is heard saying.

In one of the four videos, which got over 4.4 million views, Yadav appeals to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take action, alleging that the allotted ration doesn’t reach soldiers.

In the video posted at 5.37 pm on January 8, he says, “We don’t want to blame any government because all governments provide us with everything but some senior officials sell them off. The situation is such that we have to sometimes sleep on empty stomachs.”

In the video, Yadav also alleges, “The Indian government provides everything. The stores are full. But all that goes to the market. Where it goes and who sells them should be investigated. I appeal to the honourable Prime Minister to get this investigated.”

On January 4, too, Yadav had taken to Facebook to post a photo of soldiers sleeping on the ground, with a caption: “The state of BSF soldiers in the cold. The Army of Jai Hind.”

Yadav ends every video with a “Jai Hind” and this question: “Can a jawan work ten hours after eating this food?”

Signing off, Yadav says he does not know what will happen to him after the video reaches his superiors and that people must share them as much as possible.

Speaking to The Indian Express on condition of anonymity, BSF officers said the transit post where Yadav is based is under the operational control of the Army, which also provides the ration. They said that such posts “do not have great facilities as they are temporary makeshift structures and located in remote corners”.

One officer said that Yadav had applied for voluntary retirement on January 31, 2016, and was posted on sentry duty at the camp 10 days ago. “Yadav had been pulled up for insubordination in the past and undergone at least four major punishments. These include charges of alcohol abuse, use of insubordinate language, habitual absenteeism and acting in a manner prejudicial to an official order. For the last offence, he was sentenced to seven days of rigorous imprisonment by a BSF court,” said the officer.

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  1. Bipin Bhardwaj
    Jan 10, 2017 at 5:06 am
    A house managed by corruption, the Govt , Admin, judiciary, police and now the armed forces is a feather in the crown of the Govt. Loot and impunity are the hall marks of the Indian Govt, Yatha Raja Tatha Praja-the kind of corrupt Govt we have breeds corruption, black money. Til;l today it has refused to give protection to Whistle blower, powers to CAG to prosecute the corrupt. They spend over 5000 crores Rs. every month, in Kashmir, it is the most profitable for the polticians, officers to get quick rich is this hidden or secret to these Mis-leader
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      Onkar Singh
      Jan 10, 2017 at 6:42 am
      Correction: " un-investigated" in place of " in investigated".
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        Onkar Singh
        Jan 10, 2017 at 6:38 am
        If the country is unable to investigate Modi's personal corruption,these things will continue to happen.If corruption at the highest level goes in investigated the poor jawans will continue to suffer.And the poor will be asked to sacrifice in the name of the country.What has the politicians sacrificed for the country? After a stint in the govt the ets of every Minister tires by a couple of hundred crores.From where did those crores come from? Any way to trace the source,apart from a long tortuous court litigation without a possibility of conviction.This is the reality of the Indian Democracy.Democracy in which the politician is not accountable.The politician has faith in the court of the people,but not in the court of the Judiciary.
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          Onkar Singh
          Jan 10, 2017 at 6:21 am
          This is called anarchy in administration.This happens when the country and the central Ministers think Modi is India and India is Modi,ministers will abdicate responsibilities.Why this kind of situation has arisen? No central government Minister can on his own do anything independently.Reason: Modi wants his stamp to appear every where.So the officers of the forces are also busy currying favours of the politicians,there must be a demand on their resources from the politicians,hence the neglect of the soldiers.A officer will be sacrificed.But that politician who has ordered diversion of funds will never be exposed.This is the danger in a democracy.The real culprit will never be exposed.
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            Jan 10, 2017 at 4:10 am
            They should b served wid chicken and beef to get some strength so dat they do a real surgical strike on stan unlike the last fake one wer the govt didnt provide any proof and the w world international media making fun of it..
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