‘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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First Published on: November 3, 2016 4:28 am
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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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                    Bhakt
                    Nov 3, 2016 at 4:16 am
                    But anyway, this is not a glorious act.
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                      Bhakt
                      Nov 3, 2016 at 4:17 am
                      He fought till highest seat of justice for what he thought was his right. And he gracefully accepted the final decision. Salute to VK Singh !!
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                        Bhakt
                        Nov 3, 2016 at 4:14 am
                        Well Said.
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                          Bhakt
                          Nov 3, 2016 at 4:12 am
                          “I am a man of principles ......." Shame on him if his principles suggest suicide.
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                            bitterhoney
                            Nov 3, 2016 at 1:35 am
                            Nation salutes you on your martyrdom, you laid your life for the nation.
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                              bitterhoney
                              Nov 3, 2016 at 1:33 am
                              The real martyr, the Socrates of our time.
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                                mohan
                                Nov 3, 2016 at 1:20 pm
                                A few seconds back I have made a similar comment.I have made the facts of the case of VKS very clear.s who donot know anything make disparaging comments.They forget that he was our Chief of the Army staffandthey ar not even baton boys.
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                                  mohan
                                  Nov 3, 2016 at 1:07 pm
                                  Khujliwalandraol are always on the look out for such tragedies to exploit for political gains.They exactly did it.Khujliwal announced that the soldier committing suicide is being accorded the status of shaeedandfamily given Rs one crore.Perhaps kejriwal is in tearing hurry to exploit the suicide to extract the maximum political mileage before any thing is revealed that it was an induced/pre planned suicide organised by politicans.K could have waited for the outcome of the investigation.May I ask the readers that payment of rs 1 crore may not result in inducement to others to commit suicide?Further committing suicide is a crimeandwhosoever abets it is also guilty of committing a crime.Is the state morally correct in rewarding a criminal act?There is a saying,"Maale muft behraham,"Muft ka paisa hein lutaye jao,kaun apne baap ka hein.
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                                    mohan
                                    Nov 3, 2016 at 1:16 pm
                                    What was wrong in it?If you donot get your rightful due ,will you not go to a court.You are completely ignorant about service matters.The S.C.has given a judgement that in service matters the dt.of birth as recorded in high school certificate shall be finalandfor retirement this dt.shall only be taken into consideration the case of V.K.Singh the dt of birth recorded in his high school certificate was not given effect.VKS approached the court to get effect to his dt of birth as recorded in his high school certificate.S.C. in this case took a different view.What is wrong in it?Explain andthen comment.
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                                      mohan
                                      Nov 4, 2016 at 2:06 pm
                                      If you commit suicide ,how does it show the hollowness of the Govt.You are completely off the mark
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                                        mohan
                                        Nov 3, 2016 at 3:50 am
                                        It is a sucide similar to that of gajendra singh chauhan during the aap party rally.The person talks to his son,his wifeandis in perfect senses.The sucide note is signed by three other persons who had complete knowledge that he was going to commit suicide.After talking to his sonandsigning the letter which is not a suicide note,the person takes sulfas tablets.It is beyond comprehension that a person who is alertandin full command of his senses will commit suicide.There is some foul play.Why the son didnot inform the police or the persons who have signed the letter to see that his father doesnot commit suicideandwhen these signatories knew his intention,why they didnot take physical control of the deceasedandprevent him from taking sulphas.Why they didnot inform the police?Are they not guilty of abetment of suicide?From where the deceased procure the sulphas.It is probable it may have been supplied by the other three signatories.The politicians have exploited his death.Are they a privy to it?
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                                          Gurvinder
                                          Nov 3, 2016 at 3:43 am
                                          Sole aim of BJP seem to be to fill the pockets of rich and let poor families languish.
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                                            Gurvinder
                                            Nov 3, 2016 at 3:41 am
                                            What would you say about VK Singh who went to Supreme Court to get additional 1 year of service. Was that sacrifice and an example to set !!!!!! ??????
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