BSF constable Tej Bahadur Yadav releases new video, alleges conspiracy
“I request all of you to ask the Prime Minister if this is what a jawan gets in return for exposing corruption?”
In a fresh video by BSF constable Tej Bahadur Yadav, who had in January posted a video alleging that troops were being served bad food, has now claimed that he is being mentally tortured and that his phone has been tampered with to show that he has friends in Pakistan.
“I want to tell you that my phone was taken away on January 1 and then they did something to it. They said that I have contacts with people from Pakistan. However, I request you not to believe any of these rumours until I make a video myself,” Tej Bahadur is heard saying in the video released.
In January, Yadav has posted a video alleging that the food served to BSF personnel posted in the high reaches of Kashmir was of poor quality. The video had gone viral, causing much embarrassment to the force and the government. A probe is now under way to verify his claims even as his application for voluntary retirement has been rejected.
In the new video, he further appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to come out in his support as he is being targeted for exposing corruption. "I exposed corruption in my department since the Prime Minister wanted to fight corruption... I appeal to all to ask the PM why I am being tortured mentally," Yadav said in the video reported to have been put out by his family.
He also appealed to all Indians to come out in his support and ask the Prime Minister if he actually wants to remove corruption from India. “I request all of you to ask the Prime Minister if this is what a jawan gets in return for exposing corruption?” he added.
The jawan also asked people not to believe in false rumours about him, a reference to suggestions from the security establishment that the soldier could have been playing into the hands of their counterparts in Pakistan. It was also pointed out that he had a large number of Facebook friends from Pakistan, a point that was soon echoed in comments put on his Facebook page where his first video got 9.9 million views and was shared by 4.4 lakh people.
A BSF spokesperson said that a probe was still on, adding that no harassment was meted out to Yadav. “He is not in any confinement or being tortured. An investigation is under way about his earlier claims and proper action will be taken after the probe is over,” the spokesperson said.
BSF sources said that the video seemed to have been made last month when Yadav’s wife Sharmila Bahadur had been allowed to meet him after she moved the Delhi High Court after BSF seized his phone as evidence and transferred him out.