BSF inquires into fake Facebook accounts that helped promote jawan’s videos
The Border Security Force (BSF) has detected more than a dozen fake social media accounts in the name of trooper Tej Bahadur Yadav that are keeping his videos, alleging inedible food being served to jawans deployed at border, in constant circulation.india Updated: Feb 06, 2017 08:51 IST
The Border Security Force (BSF) has detected more than a dozen fake social media accounts in the name of trooper Tej Bahadur Yadav that are keeping his videos, alleging inedible food being served to jawans deployed at border, in constant circulation.
“Tej Bahadur used a Facebook account in the name of Rohit to post videos. We have detected more than dozen fake Facebook accounts in the name of Tej Bahadur Yadav that are now regularly posting content. We will be looking into the origins of these accounts,” said a senior BSF official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
The officer added that it was highly unusual that a social media post of an unknown (at that point in time) BSF trooper could garner huge amount of eyeballs.
“It is too early to say whether there was a conspiracy under which these fake accounts were created to take benefit of the videos posted by Yadav but we will certainly be looking into this aspect,” said the official.
Yadav was deployed at a high-altitude base at the Line of Control (LoC) between India and Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir in the first of week of January when he posted selfie videos alleging that the ration meant for jawans is being diverted to open market by seniors and jawans are getting inferior quality food.
After Yadav’s videos went viral, a court of inquiry was instituted by the BSF on the directions of Union home minister Rajnath Singh.
The inquiry has gone into the complaints of Yadav in detail and its report is expected soon.
Sources privy to the preliminary findings of the inquiry say the Facebook account being operated by Tej Bahadur, which is in the name of his son, has 6,000 friends, which is quite a high number for any trooper or a child (in this case his son) to have.
Yadav had complained about lack of ‘tadka’ in his ‘dal’. Therefore the inquiry has also looked into the availability of ingredients for ‘tadka’ such as cumin, ginger, onion and garlic at the base.
First Published: Feb 05, 2017 20:59 IST