‘We have not got justice… I’m laying down my life for the nation’s jawans’: Deceased ex-serviceman’s Last words to his son 

Around 10 to 12 protestors had just sat down to have some food on their way back to Jantar Mantar after being denied permission to meet the Defence Minister when they spotted Grewal (70), lying unconscious.

Written by Alok Singh | New Delhi | Updated: November 3, 2016 5:31 am
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“I am a man of principles. I am laying down my life for my jawans, my country and my motherland” — These were the last words of former armyman Ram Kishan Grewal to his son, who he called moments after consuming poison on Tuesday.

Shocked, his son, Pradeep, asked him what prompted him to take the extreme step. “I did this because we are being cheated. We haven’t got justice. Subedar Pratik is with me. Human rights activist Raj Kumar is also here. I could not bear the injustice meted out to the jawans. I had to fight but now all should be taken care of by the jawans,” he said.

An audio of the conversation has been circulated via social media.

Around 10 to 12 protestors had just sat down to have some food on their way back to Jantar Mantar after being denied permission to meet the Defence Minister when they spotted Grewal (70), lying unconscious. An eyewitness rushed to see what happened and found some ‘Salfas tablets’ in his hand and a note stating, “I am sacrificing my life for my country, motherland and armymen”.

Pradeep told The Indian Express, “My father is a martyr. He has sacrificed his life for the welfare of other ex-servicemen.”

His friend and an ex-serviceman retired subedar Prithivi Singh said he was with Grewal when they went to meet the minister. He also said they also went to sleep at the bungalow of the Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan but were denied permission.

Police arrived immediately and took Grewal to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, where he died a few hours later. His family was informed about the incident. He might have written the note moments before consuming poison.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Jatin Narwal has confirmed that some Sulfas tablets were recovered from his possession and added that his body has been kept at Lady Hardinge Hospital for post-mortem. “An inquiry has been started into the incident,” he said.
Narwal said all aspects related to the case will be verified.

What transpired

Tuesday, 1.09 pm: Grewal consumed poison near Jawahar Bhawan in Delhi Lutyens Zone. He dies at 5.30 pm at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.

Wednesday, 11 am: AAP MLA Commando Surender Singh reaches RML hospital.

1 pm: Special Commissioner of Police M K Meena, DCP Jatin Narwal, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Kumar Gyanesh arrive, try to convince AAP leaders and family members to leave the premises.

1.30 pm: Deputy CM Manish Sisodia reaches hospital, starts talking to Grewal’s son. Two policemen request Sisodia to leave. More officers join them and shove Sisodia and Singh inside a police bus, take them to Parliament Street Police station.

2.15 pm: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi arrives at RML. He tries to enter but police do not let him in.

2.30 pm: Surjewal, AAP MLA Kiran Chaudhary and Grewal’s family members taken to Mandir Marg police station, later shifted to Connaught Place police station; Gandhi released.

3 pm: CM Arvind Kejriwal reaches Lady Hardinge Hospital. Police barricade entry. CM hears family is detained at Connaught Place police station. He tries to leave but police do not let him go.

5 pm: Gandhi, along with other senior leaders, march towards Connaught Place. They are detained and taken to Tilak Marg police station.

7.15 pm: CM taken to R K Puram police station, kept till late evening.

8.30 pm: All leaders detained at various police stations released except Kejriwal.

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    Bipin Bhardwaj
    Nov 3, 2016 at 3:38 am
    Shame suicides of soldiers, farmers, the rulers of the country forcing people to commit suicides, instead being its primary to ensure well being of the people, and not a willing slave of handful Rich , It is not killing people with hunger rising prices, but using police to terrorize people like British brutal empire.,
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      Onkar Singh
      Nov 3, 2016 at 4:06 am
      Are you also behaving like Modi,deleting comments not likely to be digested by Modi and his cohorts? I will again post my elaborate comments in the day.Be prepared.
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        Onkar Singh
        Nov 3, 2016 at 4:20 am
        If you want to have glory for your self try his medication,see if you have the courage to take your life? Ask your self if you have the guts to die for the cause of the soldiers of the country to draw the attention and apathy of the insensitive politicians including the PM.
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          Onkar Singh
          Nov 3, 2016 at 4:15 am
          Correction- the media print as well as TV are not putting across the anomalies
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            Onkar Singh
            Nov 3, 2016 at 4:04 am
            Where have you vanished my comments posted in the morning?
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              Onkar Singh
              Nov 3, 2016 at 4:13 am
              You have hit the nail on the head.Be alert to machinations of these pseudo nationalists and pseudo patriots in the RSS and the entire spectrum of right wing affiliates.Be ware of Modi's dishonesty.He say one thing and does exactly the opposite.See the credit he has taken for OROP but in truth it's not OROP,and he is befooling the country.The media print as well as the TV is putting across the discrepancies.You won't find Gen Satbir Singh's suggestions anywhere,because that exposes the Modi sarkar.
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                Anuj
                Nov 3, 2016 at 5:26 am
                Army veterans are aggrieved. And frustrated to the end. They have not been dealt fairly. All OK. lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;But to commit a pre-meditated suicide is not a good precedence he has left.
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                  Ajay G
                  Nov 3, 2016 at 3:27 am
                  So much ruckus over a suicide !!! Reminds me of Goswamy during Mandal days. But difference is that This time It is an ex-serviceman. Army man is a symbol of a fighter not of committing an act of cowardice. lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;This does not set an example of he meant to sacrifice for motherland or country or Army. Politicians supporting him are supporting a negative development.
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