The whistleblower Border Security Force (BSF) constable whose video exposing the poor quality of food in the army canteen and dismal living conditions in the camp went viral has been dismissed from service for indiscipline.
Bahadur’s dismissal came after a court of inquiry found that his videos had damaged the “image of the BSF”. His plea for voluntary retirement was also rejected by the force.
“The issues of disobedience framed against him (Yadav) pertained to going on hunger strike and carrying a mobile phone while on duty. He was asked to eat but he did not follow the instruction. As far as mobiles are concerned, there is a general order for all BSF troopers, which prohibits them from carrying mobile phones while on duty,” said a senior official on condition of anonymity was quoted by the Hindustan Times.
Bahadur’s videos, alleging that troops were served bad quality food and even had to manage with an “empty stomach” sometimes, caused considerable embarrassment to the Indian Army.
Yadav, who was Deployed along the Indo-Pakistan border in Jammu and Kashmir also claimed that while government procured essentials for them, the higher-ups and officers “sold it off” in an “illegally”.
Later in another video, he had also claimed ‘mental torture’. A senior Ministry official said that Yadav has crossed the line of discipline and broken service rules by posting the second video, after which the prime minister’s office had sought a detailed report from the home ministry and the BSF.
The jawan had also expressed apprehension that his seniors may take action against him for exposing the condition of soldiers on the border.
A plea was filed in the Delhi High Court seeking a direction to the government to depute higher officers to supervise cooking of proper healthy food and its distribution.