CHANDIGARH: The wife of the BSF
whose video about inferior food served to paramilitary
personnel hit the headlines spoke out in defence of her husband
"If my husband was mentally unstable or indisciplined, why was
he given a rifle by the BSF to guard
the country's border in crucial areas?" asked Sharmila
wife of Tej
My husband's problem is that he is in the habit of not
tolerating injustice, for which he has suffered during his
service tenure," Sharmila Yadav, wife of Tej Bahadur Yadav,
told TOI on Wednesday. Around 90 lakh people have watched the
video and around 4.4 lakh have shared it on social media sites
in three days.
MHA has ordered a probe into his claims+ , but BSF IG DK
Upadhyaya had asserted on Tuesday that Yadav had in the past
been accused of insubordination and intoxication and had faced
a court martial+ .
Talking to TOI over phone from Rewari in Haryana, Sharmila
claimed her husband had won a gold medal after completing his
training before being inducted into the BSF. She also claims to
be in possession of 14 awards given to him by BSF authorities in
his 20-year career.
Sharmila alleged that her husband had been punished in the past
by the BSF for speaking the truth. "BSF is a disciplined force
and in the armed forces even a small mistake is intolerable. If
he had such a bad record, why was he retained " she asked.
Sharmila, who lives with her 17-year-old son, Rohit, said her
husband wanted to continue for another five years in the BSF, but
officers compelled him to take voluntary retirement after
completing 20 years of service on January 31. His VRS application
has been approved. "My husband had discussed with me many times
the poor quality of food served to them but I was stunned when he
posted the video. I told him that he may be in trouble." She said
many people had questioned the authenticity of the video and the
social media account. "Since I know Tej's Facebook password, I
logged in to clarify that it was genuine account and post."
Tej is the youngest of five brothers. One of his brothers is also
a BSF jawan and another serves in the Gujarat police. Sharmila
works in a private company. Son Rohit recently completed his
Class XII exam and is preparing for engineering entrance exams.