New Delhi, March 7: A Border Security Force (BSF) jawan was penalised for forgetting to affix ‘honourable’ or ‘Shri’ while referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and handed down a seven-day pay cut. The force called the mistake “disrespect” to the Prime Minister.
The incident took place on February 21 inside the BSF’s 15th Battalion headquarters in Mahatpur, Nadia (West Bengal), during the zero parade. It is a routine exercise to account for jawans’ daily activities.
According to a report in the Times of India, constable Sanjeev Kumar used the word “Modi programme” during the parade while giving a report.
Following this, the commanding officer of the battalion, Commandant Anup Lal Bhagat, decided to initiate disciplinary action against Kumar. The jawan was tried summarily and found “guilty” under Section 40 of the BSF Act.
Senior officers in the BSF and other forces termed the punishment a “bit harsh” and “uncalled for”.