Jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav not under arrest, shifted to Samba: BSF tells Delhi Court

The court also directed the ministry to allow Yadav's wife Sharmila will be allowed to meet him.

A day after family of BSF Jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav filed Habeas Corpus plea in the Delhi High Court expressing concerns over his safety, the home ministry today clarified that he is not under any kind of detention and has been transferred to other battalion.

BSF jawan Tej Bahadur is not under arrest but has been shifted to other battalion, the Ministry of Home Affairs told the Delhi High Court.

The court also directed the ministry to allow Yadav’s wife Sharmila will be allowed to meet him.

The ministry also said that the under high court order Tej Bahadur’s wife will be allowed to meet him over the weekend in Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba.

The family had claimed that they have sent two letters to the BSF Director General to know where Yadav is, but haven’t heard from them.

In the plea, the soldier’s wife Sharmila said she was worried about his safety and pleaded that her husband be produced before the court.

Earlier this month, Sharmila alleged that her husband has been detained by the BSF. She lives with her son in Haryana’s Rewari.

Sharmila claimed her husband told her on February 7 that he was being taken to an unknown location. The family members haven’t been able to get in touch with him ever since

BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav had on 9 January posted a video on Facebook which showed a meal box comprising a watery soup-like dal, which he said had only turmeric and salt and a burnt chapatti.

He had said this is what jawans were served at mealtime on duty at places including the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan and that jawans often went to bed on empty stomach.

After the video caused uproar on social media, the Prime Minister’s Office sought a detailed factual report on it from the Union Home Ministry and the Border Security Force (BSF).