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BSF sacks jawan Tej Bahadur who took to social media complaining of bad food

LiveMint logoLiveMint 19-04-2017 PTI

New Delhi: A Border Security Force (BSF) jawan, who posted a clip on social media complaining of bad quality food being served to the troops, was on Wednesday dismissed from service following an inquiry.

Officials said Tej Bahadur Yadav was sacked by the border guarding force on the basis of a report of a staff court of inquiry (SCoI). The inquiry, they said, found the constable-rank jawan guilty of making false charges.

“The action of dismissal of the jawan has been taken under the Border Security Force Act that is applicable to all the personnel serving in the paramilitary force,” a senior officer said. “Yadav has been found guilty on certain charges of indiscipline including uploading the said video in violation of laid down procedures and rules. He has an option to appeal against the verdict within three months time,” he added.

Yadav, in January this year, had alleged in his video post that bad quality food was being served to the soldiers. While the government procures essentials for the soldiers, the higher-ups “sell them off” in an “illegal” manner in the market making the lower level personnel in the force suffer, he had alleged.

The jawan, who was part of a BSF unit posted along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, had also said in the video that a watery soup-like dal, which he claimed had only turmeric and salt, and a burnt chapati were served to them. Yadav was serving in the 29th battalion of the force and had been transferred to a BSF battalion in Jammu during the inquiry.

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