In a dramatic turn of events, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi was not allowed to enter RML hospital in New Delhi on Wednesday when he went to meet the kin of ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal, who committed suicide earlier in the day over the issue of One Rank One Pension scheme (OROP). A visibly amused Rahul took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying, “a new India is being built”. Earlier, Rahul took to Twitter to extend his condolences tot he Grewal family and to urge PM Modi that “OROP should be implemented in a meaningful way.” Delhi Police officials asked him not to enter the hospital as soon as he reached there.
Rahul Ganhi was detained at Mandir Marg police station for ‘disruption of duty’ after he wasn’t allowed to enter RML, Delhi Police said. Sharpening the attack against the Centre, Rahul virtually dared to arrest him. He also cried foul over the detention of family members the ex-jawan. “How can you arrest a martyr’s kin? Aren’t you ashamed for arresting him? What kind of a law is this?,” asked Rahul.
Watch the video of Rahul Gandhi at Mandir Marg police station
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Delhi Police also hit back over the detention, saying “Hospital is not a place for protest. Rahul Gandhi detained for trying to enter RML Hospital despite being advised otherwise”. Meanwhile, Congress leaders Randeep Surjewala and Kiran Choudhary were also detained even as the party activists protested outside Mandir Marg Police Station in the national capital. Notably, Rahul was released after being detained for a brief period of time.
A political slugfest today erupted over the incident as the central government and Opposition traded barbs. “I don’t have anything to say, police will do what it has to for risk reduction,” Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh commented on Rahul Gandhi detention. Union Minister VK Singh also criticized Rahul Gandhi for trying to meet family members, saying, “OROP should be kept away from politics, that will be better. Rahul Gandhi should not politicize this.”
Congress took a swipe at the Centre. “Rahul Gandhi had gone alone (to meet family of ex serviceman), there was no violation of any law…it is illegal detention,” senior party leader Anand Sharma said.
Ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal committed suicide at the Jantar Mantar over the issue of One Rank One Pension (OROP). Speaking on this, his son in a conversation with ANI said that Ram before taking the extreme step, called up his family and told them that he was doing so because the government had failed to fulfil the demands related to OROP. He also added that he is taking this step for the soldiers.
The 70-year-old ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal committed suicide by consuming poison at a park in New Delhi area yesterday evening. Police said he along with some other ex-servicemen was in the process of submitting a memorandum to the Defence Ministry over the issue of OROP. According to his friends, Grewal had been upset over the issue for sometime.Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will visit the family of ex-serviceman in Haryana. Tweeting about the same, Kejriwal said that the entire nation should stand up for the rights of Defence personnel and question PM Narendra Modi over it.