Border Security Force (BSF) trooper Tej Bahadur Yadav, who triggered a controversy last month by posting four videos on Facebook complaining about the low-quality food that was being served in his unit is now under the scanner of Home Ministry for having over 500 Facebook friends from Pakistan.
Yadav has about 3000 ‘friends’ on Facebook, 17% of which are Pakistani nationals, claimed Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
“A scrutiny of Tej Bahadur Yadav’s account showed that 17% of his Facebook friends are from across the border. And who knows how many of them are connected with the Pakistani spy agency ISI. We also found that in all 39 fake Facebook accounts in his name are in circulation now and they are keeping the whole controversy alive,” said a senior home ministry official.
Yadav was posted at a BSF base at the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir in the first week of January when he put out videos accusing the authorities of diverting the ration meant for jawans to the market.
After the videos went viral, Union home minister Rajnath Singh had ordered a probe into the matter.
Less than a month after the controversy, Yadav’s wife, Sharmila, and his family claimed that the soldier was untraceable and that they have not been able to reach him.
MHA, on Friday, told the Delhi High Court that Yadav was not missing but had been shifted to another battalion in Samba, Jammu & Kashmir.