Following the alleged suicide of ex-serviceman Subedar Ram Kishan Grewal, citing government’s failure to implement the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme, and the political turn it took after the detention of politicians trying to visit the hospital and the deceased relatives, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was also detained outside the Lady Hardinge Hospital, where the body of the Grewal is kept for post mortem.
It has been reported that the Delhi Chief Minister had been taken to the R K Puram police station. Following the detention Keriwal tweeted, “Formally detained by the police. No idea where they are taking me.”
The Chief Minister was stopped from entering the hospital where the deceased serviceman’s body was kept while Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia was also detained at the RML Hospital after his attempts to meet the relatives of the ex-serviceman.
Aam Aadmi party leaders Dilip Pandey and Sanjay Singh were also detained for protesting outside the Parliament street police station.
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The Delhi Police had, however, defended their action stating that medical services at the RML Hospital was getting hampered as huge number of people started gathering there.
“Despite several requests when they didn’t move, leaders and protesting followers were removed to Police stations and detained,” said the Police.
Ex-serviceman Subedar Ram Kisan Grewal, who had come to the city to submit a memorandum to the Defence Ministry on the issues relating One Ran One Pension (OROP), allegedly committed suicide, consuming poison. In a letter, before his death, Grewal had apparently pleaded to the government for the implementation of OROP.
Earlier in the day, the Delhi Chief Minister had slammed former army chief and Union Minister General V K Singh for questioning the mental state of the deceased ex-servicean and asking for an investigation on the suicide.
“Shame on u VKSingh. He twice got medals from President and once from COAS. He was a decorated soldier,” Kejriwal tweeted reacting to the former Army chief’s statement.