The slow implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme has taken its first toll in the form of suicide by an ex-army man, rattling the country when its army jawans were sacrificing their lives in the border.
Opposition Congress leader Rahul Gandhi who tried to meet the family at Ram Manohar Lohia hospital in New Delhi on Wednesday was detained by Delhi Police and taken to Tilak Nagar Police Station along with AAP leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in toe.
Other Congress leaders, including Jyotiraditya Scindia and Ajay Maken were bundled into a police van. all of them were later released.
Accusing Delhi Police of hindrance, Arvind Kejriwal had tweeted:”My vehicle surrounded by police. Not allowing me to leave,” the Aam Aadmi Party leader tweeted from outside the Lady Hardinge Hospital which had conducted the autopsy of Grewal.
Kejriwal, who spoke to veteran Ram Kishan Grewal’s alleged that even the army man’s son just was manhandled by police. “They have been detained in CP (Connaught Place) police station. Am going there now to meet family,” Kejriwal tweeted.
Soon he found himself mobbed by police who took him into custody. On the other side, Rahul Gandhi was shown on TV channels arguing with Delhi Police on their arbitrary move to detain him. “Don’t you feel ashamed? He is a son of an army veteran and you are arresting them?” said an angry Rahul Gandhi.
Grewal, an ex-serviceman from Haryana’s Bhiwani district, ended his life on Tuesday by allegedly consuming poison on the lawns of Janpath in Delhi over the OROP issue, saying the NDA government’s “inaction” with regard to implementation of the scheme has forced him to take the extreme step.
BJP, however, asserted that it had fulfilled its commitment on OROP. “As far as OROP is concerned, the government has fulfilled its commitment and ex-servicemen are benefiting from it.” But it did not elaborate on the contention of delay in making payments to ex-servicemen even after six months after allocating funds.