India investigates ‘hungry’ soldier video

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New Delhi
– Indian authorities have ordered an inquiry after a video emerged with shocking claims that soldiers guarding the country’s borders are poorly fed.

The video that has gone viral on social media showed burnt paratha and chapatis (flatbread) and lentil soup with “only turmeric and salt” served to troopers.

Border Security Force (BSF) soldier Tej Bahadur Yadav alleged that soldiers worked in tough working conditions but the superior officers misappropriated the supplies.

“Sometimes we have to sleep empty stomach,” he said in the video, which has provoked an outrage in India, especially on social media.

Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh promised “appropriate action” over the allegations.

“I have seen a video regarding a BSF jawan’s plight. I have asked the HS (home secretary) to immediately seek a report from the BSF & take appropriate action,” Singh tweeted.

While highlighting the trooper’s earlier misconduct, the BSF said it was looking into the allegations.

“A high-level enquiry is underway as the BSF has taken the allegations levelled by the constable very seriously. However, prima facie it was found that no other jawan deployed at the same place had any problem with the quality of food being served to them,” BSF inspector general D.K. Upadhyaya was quoted as saying in the media.

Upadhyaya said the trooper has many complaints against him including “intoxication, insubordination, aiming a gun at a senior officer” and was court-martialled in 2010.

The BSF will also investigate how Yadav, posted along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, was able to use a mobile phone at his post despite a ban. – Bernama