BSF constable Tej Bahadur Yadav goes on hunger strike after his VRS plea was turned down


New Delhi: The Border Security Force (BSF) constable Tej Bahadur Yadav, who had posted a video raising concerns about the “poor quality” of food served to jawans, has staged a hunger strike against the cancillation of his application for voluntary retirement, his wife Sharmila claimed on Monday.

An official delegation, accoding to the soldier’s wife, met Yadav but it was inconclusive.

Sharmila too met BSF Director General K K Sharma who reportedly chose not to speak on Yadav’s plea for Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS).

“The DG chose not to speak about the VRS request. He simple told me that an investigation in going on,” she said.

Interestingly, the probe – she added – is not being conducted into the allegation of bad quality food but charges on disciplinary grounds against him.

Yadav, a jawan of the 29th battalion posted along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir under the operational command of the Army, had taken to Facebook to complain gainst the bad quality food allegedly being served to jawans in the para-military forces.

The video, originally posted on YouTube had gone gone viral on social media platforms with even Home Minister Rajnath Singh asking for explanation from the BSF.

Yadav had alleged that he was often forced to sleep empty stomach even though there’s no dearth of food supply to the armed forces. He appealed to Prime Minister to intervene to make situation better for them.

The BSF, in its defence, had accused the aggrieved soldier of being ‘habitual offender of absenteeism without permission’ and ‘chronic alcoholism.’

The BSF said in its statement, “The soldier is a habitual offender of absenteeism without permission, chronic alcoholism and misbehaving with superior officers…For such reasons, individual (Tej Bahadur) has served mostly in headquarters under supervision of some dedicated superior officer.”

The statement by the BSF did not go down well with the social media users, who asked why the paramilitary force had deployed the soldier in question on a sensitive location with weapons when there were so serious complaints against him.

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