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PM Modi directs BSF to withdraw punishment given to ‘jawan’

SNS | New Delhi |

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday directed the Border Security Force to withdraw the punishment given to a soldier for forgetting to say ‘honourable’ or ‘Shri’ while referring to the Prime Minister.

The BSF rescinded its order of a seven-day pay cut for the soldier following a decision by PM Modi who had expressed his displeasure over the development.

On its official Twitter handle, the BSF said that PM Modi expressed his displeasure and ordered the force to withdraw the punishment. BSF added that, “Concerned commandant has been cautioned for not dealing with the matter judiciously.”

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 the words “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 a salary cut for a week, to the jawan for “showing disrespect towards the PM”.

Officials said the jawan referred to an event that he attended as “Modi programme” during the ‘zero parade’ or reporting assembly of briefing seniors about their official activities. They said the CO found this reference by the jawan to the PM as improper and ordered an inquiry against him.

(With agency inputs)