BSF Jawan who posted bad food video probed by NIA for foreign contacts; nothing found

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New Delhi | Published: February 1, 2018 10:24:46 AM

The BSF constable Tej Bahadur Yadav who was in the news last year for posting video clips on social networking sites alleging that Army Jawans were being served poor quality food in frontier areas, was probed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for possible 'connection with foreign contacts'.

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The BSF constable Tej Bahadur Yadav who was in the news last year for posting video clips on social networking sites alleging that Army Jawans were being served poor quality food in frontier areas, was probed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for possible ‘connection with foreign contacts’. During this probe, the NIA looked at Yadav’s social media profiles as well as his call detail records, but did not find anything.

Yadav was suspended last year and recently submitted a plea to the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking reinstatement. The documents submitted by Yadav reportedly included the NIA probe report, according to The Indian Express. This probe was sought by BSF Director General K K Sharma on January 18 last year, a few days after Yadav posted the video clips.

“But as such no proof is available in communication/ post/ chat that have been seen/ tracked on Facebook as well as Twitter account, which could be harming national interest,” says the probe report. “His phone/ electronic devices data also didn’t revealed any information about his foreign contacts, documents, audio or any incriminating images,” it added.

In his plea, Yadav said that the only reason he posted those clips was for the cause of jawans serving the nation and to improve the quality and quantity of the food for BSF soldiers. Responding to the allegations that these videos might help the enemy in tracing Army’s location, Yadav said that NIA “clearly commented that the video could neither have helped trace the location, nor would it have posed a threat to national security.”

The BSF Jawan also alleged that he was illegally detained by the BSF just half-an-hour after his voluntary retirement on January 31 last year, and was dismissed without being issued a show-cause notice. He called his dismissal as “illegal, unjust, biased, arbitrary, violative of Article 21 of the Constitution of India and against the principle of natural justice”. However, BSF in its official statement had denied these allegations.

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