A CRPF jawan who had posted a video targeting home minister Rajnath Singh after losing a relative in the Sukma Maoist attack moved the Delhi high court on Thursday to seek protection once he surrenders before the director general of the paramilitary force.
Pankaj Kumar Misra, a jawan with the CRPF’s 221 battalion at Durgapur in West Bengal, said he fled from the force fearing for his life. A handwritten petition submitted to the high court stated that he was assaulted by his superiors after the video went viral.
Justice Ashutosh Kumar directed Misra to give himself up before the CRPF director general. He also asked the paramilitary force authorities to accept the jawan’s surrender, and said the video issue should be dealt with “as per the law”.
Mishra’s relative, Abhay Kumar, was among the 25 CRPF personnel killed in the Maoist attack.
The CRPF jawan is only the latest member of the armed forces to rant against alleged governmental apathy through the social media.
In January, a video by BSF trooper Tej Bahadur Yadav on the poor quality of food served to jawans set the social media afire. Later, a CRPF constable – Jeet Singh – asked why paramilitary personnel were not being accorded facilities on a par with their counterparts in the Army when they were performing similar tasks.
In yet another social media video that surfaced on the social media earlier this year, Army lance naik Yagya Pratap Singh alleged harassment by superiors for writing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over problems faced by soldiers.