13 June, 2021

‘Army Knows The Truth, So I Can’t Expect Probe’

A retired Kerala officer says bosses violated his right to life

‘Army Knows The Truth, So I Can’t Expect Probe’

Around the time when a BSF jawan’s video went viral on soc­ial media this year exposing the dismal state of affairs in the uniformed forces, a reti­red lieutenant colonel wrote to Army chief Bipin Rawat, complaining about a more shocking experience that however got no media attention. In early January, the video by Tej Bahadur of 29 battalion showed how jawans are served substandard and insufficient food due to a corrupt system that forces them to sleep on an empty stomach at times. In his January 13 letter to Gen Rawat, Lt Col (Retired) Arun Kumar complained about a gruesome experience he faced while serving the army. He said army denied him food and there has been no act­ion after he complained about this violation of his basic human rights and right to life. 

“I didn’t have the courage (to go to the media) and my case proves that the jawan was right (in doing so),” Kumar, 57,...

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