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BSF commander show causes junior for not attending 'rope pulling' farewell event

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A BSF has been warned and issued a show cause notice by his commanding (CO) for failing to attend a ceremonial 'pulling' farewell party of a senior at a force camp in West Bengal, leading to a war of letters between the two.

The officiating CO of the 155th battalion of the Border Security Force, a second-in-command rank official, shot of another letter to the under him after the latter argued that such an event was "neither regimental or official" and is meant to be accorded only to the or establishment, according to records accessed by PTI.

This is the second instance that has come to light in the country's largest border guarding force in the recent past where a has reprimanded his junior for not following the age-old traditions and norms of the uniformed force.

In March, had expressed his displeasure and directed the BSF to withdraw a seven-day pay cut order against a jawan after his CO found him guilty of "disrespecting" the PM.

The current instance was triggered after Damodara B B failed to attend a traditional event of pulling the vehicle by ropes to see off an from the unit mess at 9 am on June 6 at the in Salugura in

The very same day the unit's deputy Manish Negi, filing in for commanding officer on leave, shot of an explanation-cum-warning letter to Damodara seeking reasons for his failure to attend the event.

The replied stating he came to work on that day as "routine" as there was no written order communicated to him and that such an event was neither "regimental nor official" and is restricted to be accorded to the head of the department, which was not the case this time.

Miffed by the junior seeking a copy of rank-wise "entitlements" of officers from him, Negi shot off another show cause notice to him stating that the Inspector should know that it is the tradition of the force to see off an officer who is either retired or moving out for a new posting.

Senior BSF officers said the forces' North Bengal frontier and the headquarter has taken note of the incident and an inquiry is being carried out to ascertain the circumstances and facts of the case.

"No doubt, this war of letters cannot be ignored as an aberration as the supervisory officers are always told to be judicious and issue rationale-based orders while undertaking disciplinary action on paper or verbally.

"However, the uniformed forces have a long tradition and even in this case the officiating CO has pointed out that the Inspector concerned has attended such events in the past. This will be resolved soon," the said.

He said there have been issues in the past between the combat and non-combat administrative cadre officials, as in this case where the Inspector is from ministerial cadre, and the discipline of a uniformed force is the top most irrespective of a personnel belonging to any cadre.

However, another said that such ceremonial events are accorded to a CO or and hence arbitrary use of such traditions should not be allowed as this leads to grievance amongst the jawans and junior officers.

The 2.5-lakh personnel strong BSF is primarily tasked to guard Indian borders with and apart from rendering a number of duties in the internal security domain.

A number of its battalions are deployed under the North Bengal frontier in to guard the Indo-Bangla international border.

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First Published: Sun, June 10 2018. 15:45 IST