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Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi was Thursday detained by Delhi Police and prevented from marching to India Gate to protest the suicide of an ex-serviceman, allegedly over OROP, a day after he was detained twice while trying to meet the family of the deceased soldier. He was released after two hours of detention.
Attacking the Narendra Modi government as he talked to reporters after release, Rahul said, “Yeh Modiji ka naya Hindustan hai (This is Modiji’s new India).” Rahul said that he tried to register a compaint in the police station but the police refused to accept it. “If they can’t accept the complaint of a MP, how will they accept the complaint of a poor person then,” he said.
Rahul was leading a candle light march organised by the Delhi Congress unit from Jantar Mantar to India Gate when police personnel restrained him and whisked him away on a van. He was, according to police, later dropped at a place on Feroze Shah Road, Police said. The Congress leader, however, claimed in a tweet: “Was detained by Delhi police and taken away from Jantar Mantar.”
“Police vehicle was stopped at 5, Feroze Shah Road, enroute to Tughlak Road PS,” he tweeted, later telling reporters, “I have only one thing to say that the way the family was treated was wrong and it may affect the morale of the army. The police should at least apologise to the family.”
A police official said the action was taken keeping Rahul’s security in mind as the crowd at Jantar Mantar was swelling by the minute. Wednesday, Rahul was detained twice when he went to meet the family of Ram Kishan Grewal, who committed suicide over the “non-implementation” of One Rank One Pension (OROP).