BSF cuts soldier’s pay for ‘disrespecting’ PM; Modi objects

BSF cuts soldier’s pay for ‘disrespecting’ PM; Modi objects
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New Delhi: A BSF soldier, who was punished to suffer a 7-day pay cut for showing “disrespect” towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a routine drill, has been relieved after the PM Wednesday directed the force to immediately withdraw the order.
Constable Sanjeev Kumar, posted in the 15th battalion of the Border Security Force deployed in West Bengal’s Nadia district, was found “guilty” by his commanding officer (CO) for using words like “Modi programme” while attending a morning roll call task on February 21.
The CO of the unit, Commandant Anup Lal Bhagat, issued an order handing down a “pay fine of 7 days”, which means salary cut for a week, to the soldier for “showing disrespect towards the PM”.
“The Prime Minister has expressed his displeasure and directed the force to immediately withdraw the punishment. The order has been rescinded and the concerned Commandant has been cautioned for not dealing with the matter judiciously,” a BSF spokesperson said.
Officials said the soldier referred to an event that he attended as “Modi programme” during the ‘zero parade’ or reporting assembly of briefing the seniors about their official activities. They said the CO found this reference by the soldier to the PM as improper and ordered an inquiry against him.
The inquiry, the officials said, was completed in a day and constable Kumar was held guilty and charged under section 40 of the BSF Act (an act prejudicial to good order and discipline of the force).
The 15th battalion of the BSF is deployed to guard the India-Bangladesh international border in West Bengal. PTI