Army jawan on ‘hunger strike’ shifted to Bareilly Military Hospital

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Lance Naik Yagya Pratap, who had uploaded a video talking about some jawans allegdly being made to do menial duties in the Army, has been shifted to Bareilly Military Hospital after he abstained from food and was showing “aggressive behaviour”.

The army also said Pratap has spoken to his wife on mobile today and that he is free to use mobile.

Bareilly Military Hospital

They added that Rajput Regimental Centre, where he is posted since December 21 last year, has reached out to the wife of the individual asking her to reach Bareilly Military Hospital so as to confirm welfare of her husband.

Army authorities have made arrangements for her stay and interaction with her husband, it said.

“The individual since January 14 had abstained from food and was showing aggressive behaviour. With a view to monitor his parameters the individual has been shifted to Bareilly Military Hospital on January 16, as requisite medical facilities do not exist at Fategarh,” a statement by the Army was quoted by news agency PTI.

This came hours after the audio conversation of the jawan and his wife went viral on social media platforms. In the said conversation, the soldier was heard alleging that his seniors had taken him to a military hospital in order to ‘declare him’ mentally ill.

The development came a day after Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat warned soldiers of possible action if their air their grievances on social media.

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