OROP row: Government should apologize to Jawan’s family, says Rahul Gandhi

Aravind Kejriwal and Rahul Gandhi were arrested earlier while they were trying to meet the family of the ex-serviceman

OROP row: Government should apologize to Jawan’s family, says Rahul Gandhi

Criticising the Central Government over OROP row, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi said the Modi-led government should at least apologize to the Army veteran’s family.

Delhi police had earlier detained Rahul along with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal when attempting to enter Lady Hardinge Hospital to meet the family of Ram Kishan Grewal, a retired army man who committed suicide on Tuesday.

Ram Kishan Grewal, a former jawan from Bhiwani district in Haryana, committed suicide this morning leaving a note which said he was taking this extreme step for Indian soldiers. Reports said that Grewal frequently wrote to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for expediting the implementation of the OROP scheme.

Rahul Gandhi was on his way to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in Delhi to meet the relatives of Kishan Grewal, the ex-army man who committed suicide by consuming poison over One Rank One Pension. The police disallowed the Congress leader from proceeding further and later detained him at Mandir Marg police station in the city.

The Congress scion was later moved to the South Avenue police station. Several Congress leaders staged protests over how the police could detain Rahul Gandhi and under what provision of the law.

"They are asking me to leave from here. What kind of India Modi government is trying to create? This is undemocratic," he said to the media before he was detained.

Gandhi added that family members were ready to come outside to meet him. He drew attention to the fact that Opposition leaders were not being allowed to meet the bereaved family and said it paints an undemocratic picture.

The police had also  detained Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia who was about to start a protest in the hospital after the police disallowed him from meeting the relatives of the dead former jawan.

Earlier, Arvind Kejriwal lashed out at the Central government on the detention of his colleague. He alleged that whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi was feeling insecure on the issue. He also has to meet the victim’s family, asking if he as Chief Minister of Delhi had the right and the power to meet the victim’s relatives.