Indian soldier rants about bad food, being forced to sleep on an empty stomach, video goes viral

An Indian soldier has made a heartfelt plea to the country’s Prime Minister in a Facebook video that has gone viral. For all the wrong reasons.

Soldier Tej Bahadur Yadav, part of the Border Security Force (BSF) along the Line of Control with Pakistan in the state of Jammu & Kashmir, has alleged that troops are ill-treated and have to make do with food shortage. 

He claims that not only is the food served poor in quality, but at times, soldiers have to sleep on an “empty stomach” because higher-ranked officers “sell off” government provisions “illegally”. 

Yadav has called for a scrutiny of the matter and has requested people to spread his word. 

Following his claims, which are fairly serious in nature, India’s Home Minister has called for “appropriate action”.

Charges are now being hurled at the BSF, which has tweeted out a clarification and called  Yadav’s claims “individual aberrations”. 

A senior BSF official has even told the Press Trust of India that Yadav is an “alcoholic” and has been pulled up often for violation of discipline. “However, the force has already ordered for a full investigation into the allegations made,” the official has confirmed. 

The soldier later told an Indian television station that he has no regrets about the video. 

India’s citizens have mixed reactions though. 

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