India: BSF soldier shares plight in Facebook video, seeks Modi's attention

BSF Jawan posts video on Facebook, seeks PM's attention on plight of soldiers Photograph:( WION )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 09, 2017, 08.13 PM (IST)

A Border Security Force solider's video posted on Facebook has gone viral on social media after drawing attention to the plight of the soliders and the poor quality of food served to them.

The video was posted by Tej Bahadur Yadav of the 29 battalion Seema Suraksha Bal in a bid to get Prime Minister Narendra Modi's attention to the plight of Indian troops. 

In the video, Yadav says "Neither the media, nor any minister ties to take a note on how are we going through this (harsh weather). Our conditions are still worst. (humare halat wahi darbartar hain). After this, I will send three videos that will show how our officials are mistreating us. We do not want to blame any government, because they give everything we need, but our senior officials sell everything (for their own profit)," ANI reported. 

He then shows two dry, slightly burnt paranthas with tea which he says is the breakfast served to them. And for lunch, they are served bland dal with just tumeric and salt. He says that sometimes soldiers go to sleep on an empty stomach. 

Through out the video, Yadav reiterates he is not blaming the government as it is provided but calls for probe into their rations being sold in the market. 

."I request honourable Prime Minister also to look into the matter. Friends, I may not live once I upload this video, as my officials have high approach. Kindly share the video as much as possible so that every media organisation come here and investigate and also witness how soldiers are living," he said.

The video created shock waves through out the country with interior minister Rajnath Singh asked the Home secretary to take appropriate action and get answers from BSF. 

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The BSF refuted the soldiers claims and in an official statement said,"Mentioned BSF Constable who has uploaded his selfie declarations on his Facebook page is posted in a Battalion deployed on Line of Control. In comparison to the International Border deployment, serving conditions are harsh as weather and counterpart both poses difficult challenges. However, ration is authorize to all including Officers at LoC and available in good quality, quantity and in variety."

The BSF stated Yadav was absent fro duty without permission,alcoholic,misbehaved with senior officers.

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"For such reasons, individual has served mostly in headquarters under supervision of some dedicated superior officer. In spite of him being a bad hat, proper time has been devoted for individual`s improvement as welfare to the individual," the statement said. 

(WION with inputs from ANI)

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