BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav who was in the news for viral video of serving poor food in the army, is once again in the discussion. This time social media was abuzz with the news that Yadav had been killed. A photo of a dead jawan, alleged to be Yadav, which is circulating on the internet had sparked the rumour.
The Border Security Force (BSF) spokesperson and Yadav’s wife Sarmila denied these rumours, , saying he is alive and healthy.
The photo circulating on Facebook and Twitter shows a jawan with his eyes closed, his nose bleeding and a part of his face covered with a cloth.
The newly-appointed director-general of the Border Security Force (BSF), KK Sharma has refuted allegations made against the force on social media on 22 March that it has had its ‘jawan-turned-whistleblower’ Tej Bahadur Yadav killed.
What is the truth behind the rumour on social media that the BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav has been killed by the force?
The ISI has a cyber cell that uses such incidents and creates strong rumours on social media. In Tej Bahadur’s case, Pakistan aggressively acted to make that incident go viral. There are around 28 websites in Pakistan from where this video (of Tej Bahadur) was uploaded with comments and made viral. This led to tweets and retweets, and discussion on social media from across the world, whereas the fact is that they are really not concerned about the quality of food that was served to Tej Bahadur. It happened because of the ISI proxies.
This time we have countered the rumour of Tej Bahadur’s death strongly. The dead body shown on social media as Tej Bahadur’s is actually the photograph of a CRPF jawan who got killed in the recent Maoist ambush in Bastar; he slightly resembled Tej Bahadur. The fact is that Tej Bahadur is alive and even his family members have denied his death. We have strongly countered it both in the media and on social media. It is ISI’s game to malign the BSF and India’s image at the international level.
Yadav was recently in the news after he posted a video that went viral. In the video – which led to an inquiry against him – Yadav had described the poor quality of food provided to jawans at the border and also alleged corruption by army officers.
After the video went viral, Yadav’s wife had claimed that her husband had gone missing. She also alleged that he had called her and claimed he was being threatened and harassed and had been put under house arrest.
The BSF later denied these claims and said he was stationed at a battalion headquarter in Jammu and was free to contact his family.