BSF Rejects Tej Bahadur’s VRS plea, Wife Claims Under Arrest

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New Delhi: Constable Tej Bahadur Yadav’s voluntary retirement or VRS has been rejected on the plea that a court of inquiry is pending against him for alleged indiscipline over uploading videos on social media showing “substandard food” being served to jawans.

Yadav’s wife, meanwhile, claimed he had been arrested.

Sharmila Yadav said she had waited for her husband’s arrival on January 31 but he did not turn up, adding: “He later called her up saying he had been asked to retire. However, even that was cancelled within an hour and later he was arrested.”  She further said he had called Thursday using someone else’s phone and informed her he was being threatened and tortured mentally.

However, BSF said “Yadav was not under arrest and his voluntary retirement has been cancelled pending the COI (Court of Inquiry) and finalisation of its recommendations”. They added the news of the cancellation of VRS was communicated to Yadav on the evening of January 30.

Last month, Yadav had made videos describing the substandard and insufficient meals they were being served and posted on social media. He had also accused officials of siphoning off funds meant for their food. He had said many a time they even went to sleep on empty stomach. Yadav belongs to the force’s 29th battalion based in Jammu and Kashmir.