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OROP suicide: Rahul Gandhi not allowed to meet Grewal's kin; Manish Sisodia detained

Security forces on Wednesday prevented Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi from entering the RML hospital to meet the family of ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal, who committed suicide on Tuesday.

Naya Hindustan ban raha hai bhaiya, isko pehchaniye (A brand new India is forming)," Rahul said after he was turned away from the gates of RML hospital by security forces. "For the first time, we are not being allowed to meet the families of our soldiers. Kaisa Hindustan banaya ja raha hai? (What sort of a country are we living in?)," asked the Congress scion, taking a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for refusing entrance to leaders who want to meet the grieving family.

The treatment was not exclusively meant for Rahul. Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia was detained by Delhi Police outside the hospital when the senior Aam Aadmi Party leader went to meet the family of Grewal.

Seventy-year-old ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison over the issue of One Rank One Pension scheme (OROP).

Grewal from Haryana's Bhiwani district ended his life in the lawns behind the Jawahar Bhavan, which houses the Ministry of External Affairs, last evening.

Army veterans protesting against OROP. Reuters

Army veterans protesting against OROP. Reuters

Police said he along with three of his companions had come to the city apparently to submit a memorandum to the Defence Ministry over the issue of OROP.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said he was saddened over the death of Grewal.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the suicide of an ex-serviceman here, saying both farmers and soldiers were ending their lives in his regime.

Kejriwal, a bitter critic of Modi, also alleged that the Prime Minister was "lying" that the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme was being implemented by the Centre, contending that Grewal, would not have committed suicide if the scheme was being executed by the Centre. The Delhi chief minister also called Modi “insecure” for detaining Sisodia.

In a series of tweets, Kejriwal also attacked the BJP government over the way they handled the issue of One Rank One Pay.

A group of ex-servicemen led by Major General Satbir Singh (Retd) have been protesting against the OROP scheme introduced by the government. The alleged suicide came just days after a one-man judicial committee on OROP submitted its report to Parrikar. The Centre, which has implemented the OROP, a demand which had been pending for decades, had appointed the committee under the Chairmanship of Justice L Narasimha Reddy, retired Chief Justice of Patna High Court to look into the anomalies, if any, arising out of implementation of OROP. The ex-serviceman have been holding protests at Jantar Mantar, Delhi's designated site for protests, to demand changes in OROP. Protesters say four of their primary conditions have not been met by the government.

The main demands are revision of pension every year rather than the five years as decided by the government and OROP being extended to pre-mature retirees.

Updated Date: Nov 02, 2016 14:37 PM

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