The Border Security Force (BSF) on Friday denied allegation that constable Tej Bahadur went missing after he had posted a video raising concern about the “poor quality” of food served to jawans in forward locations.
Addressing media, director general of the paramilitary force KK Sharma said they had enough evidence to show the wife of the trooper was in regular touch with her husband through telephone.
Yadav’s wife Sharmila had earlier filed a habeus corpus petition in Delhi high court seeking to know her husband’s whereabouts or his presence in a court if he was arrested.
In the petition, Sharmila claimed that she was unable to contact her husband and that she did not get any reply from the BSF DG to two communiqués in this regard.
“She is lying. She’s in regular touch with the jawan,” the DG said.
He said Tej Bahadur violated the code and conduct of the force by uploading the video on social media and for that a departmental inquiry against him was initiated in Samba sector in Jammu.
Sharma said the trooper had uploaded the video with a vested agenda as he was aware of his imminent exit from the force as his VRS application had been accepted.
But after his misconduct the voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) request was turned down, the DG added.
Commenting on another video, uploaded by Bikaner-based head constable Navratan Choudhary, the DG said Choudhary was posted in BSF’s ministerial service and never served in field, but yet he made “inappropriate comments” on field jobs.
He said actions were being initiated for his misconduct.
“Indiscipline can never be tolerated in a force as it adversely affects the working capacity of jawans,” Sharma said, adding the BSF mess is known for its quality food, though there could be a few shortcomings.
The officials always seek feedbacks from jawans during their visits to the posts, the DG said. “If there is any complaint, there are proper mechanisms to redress them,” he said.
The DG further told the media yoga and meditation courses will be introduced soon to release the stress among the jawans.
Replying to a query, Sharma said the number of woman border guards is set to be raised to 15% of its total strength in future. At present the stress is to increase the number to 5%.
The force is working to implement a comprehensive integrated border management system (CIBMS) to seal country’s entire border in the next phase, he said.
A laser wall will be put in place in the border as part of the system, he added.