Rewari (Haryana), Apr 20: A day after the Border Security Force (BSF) jawan, Tej Bahadur Yadav was dismissed for his viral video on the poor food conditions for the soldiers, he said on Thursday that his fight is for all the soldiers, adding that he is confident of getting justice.
"I have given proof of the food but I did not get justice. I will go to the court. I am confident of getting justice. I will fight for the soldiers till my last breath. Complaints had come earlier as well but no one paid heed to that. It was my duty to reveal it to the government," Yadav told sources.
Yadav (41) said he raised his voice so that the coming generation does not face the same situation in the army. "The officials had kept me locked and I was not allowed to talk to my family. I was given my phone when I went to the court," he added.
A visibly disappointed Yadav earlier in the day requested the government to support him and asserted that if he did not get the support, he would move the High Court over the matter and seek justice.
The BSF headquarters in New Delhi stated that Yadav was dismissed from service after an inquiry and order of the Summary Security Force Court (SSFC) that functions under the BSF Act and Rules, 1968.
According to BSF HQ, the SSFC proceedings were conducted against Yadav under the charges of: “an act prejudicial to good order and discipline of the force in which he made false allegations on social media regarding quality of food and did not adhere to formal grievance redressal mechanism of the force.”
"Neglect to obey general orders of the force in which he carried two mobile phones while on operational duty against the standard operating procedures and also posted photographs in uniform on social media in contravention of instructions.”
"The individual (Yadav) was found guilty of all the charges and awarded dismissal from service," the BSF said in a statement. "All opportunities" were extended to Yadav to present his defence but he could put forth none, a senior BSF officer said.
Yadav, clad in battle fatigues and carrying his service rifle, had in January this year posted a video on Facebook, claiming poor quality food like watery 'dal' and burnt 'chapatis' were being served to the troops serving across the inhospitable terrain.
He had also alleged that troops were subjected to "cruelty" as they were served bad quality food, and at times had to go to bed empty stomach. Yadav, who hails from Haryana's Mahendragarh district, was serving in the 29th battalion of the force.
The 2.5 lakh personnel-strong BSF is tasked with guarding the Indo-Pak International Border and the LoC under the operational command of the army.