BSF Jawan Tej Bahadur Denied Voluntary Retirement, Wife Alleges 'Mental Torture'

The BSF has cancelled the voluntary retirement plea of its constable Tej Bahadur Yadav, whose post on social media about "sub-standard" food had triggered a controversy.

According to BSF officials, Yadav had sought voluntary retirement from the force but the request was rejected as there is a pending court of inquiry against him for alleged indiscipline.

In a statement, the BSF said, "Cancellation of VRS was communicated to constable Yadav on January 30 evening only".

Sharmila told reporters that he also claimed about being threatened and mentally tortured.

She said her husband was to come back home on January 31 but he did not so far.

Tej Bahadur has not been arrested. "He called up to say that he was asked to retire", she was reported as saying.

Meanwhile, the BSF sources told ANI that Tej Bahadur was not arrested and an inquiry has found him guilty and disciplinary action against him was recommended, which is yet to be approved.

"He managed to call up today using someone else's phone and told me that he's under arrest, being threatened & mentally tortured", Sharmila Bahadur told news agency ANI.

She further claimed that the retirement was cancelled with in an hour, post which the jawan was arrested.

Last month, Tej Bahadur, deployed along the Indo-Pak border in Jammu and Kashmir had alleged in a video that the troops were facing "cruelty" as they were served bad quality food and sometimes, even had to sleep "empty stomach".

Yadav's outburst has caused a storm on social media with many coming forward to express their support.

BSF had however refuted that allegations of serving poor quality food to its troopers on the border.

  • Tracy Ferguson