OROP suicide: Govt should apologise to ex-serviceman’s family, says Rahul Gandhi

Rahul added that he was arrested for doing his job and that all he wanted to do was speak to the family of the victim.

By: ANI | New Delhi | Updated: November 3, 2016 6:28 pm
Rahul Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi arrested, Rahul Gandhi detained, OROP, OROP protests, OROP suicide, Congress, Congress leaders detained, Congress news, India news Rahul Gandhi speaking to the media after being released from the Tilak Marg police station in Delhi. (Source; Twitter/@INCIndia)

Lashing out at the Centre for mishandling the suicide of ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday called on the government to apologise to the bereaved family after its members were detained and allegedly abused by the Delhi Police. Talking about his own detention by the Delhi Police, Rahul added that he was arrested for doing his job and that all he wanted to do was speak to the family of the victim.

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“I was detained for doing my job. When I asked the police as to why they were doing this, they said that they had received the orders to do so from the top. Is it wrong to offer condolences? I just wanted to meet the family once. When they came out to meet me they were beaten and dragged to the police station,” Rahul told the media here after he was released from the Tilak Marg Police Station.

Asserting that the family of the deceased veteran were persecuted on the most troubled days of their life, Rahul further stated that this is no way the government of India behaves. “The government should apologise to the family of the veteran. This is not the way things are run in this country,” the Congress vice president said.

For the second time Wednesday, Rahul Gandhi was detained after he met the family of ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal, who allegedly committed suicide over the delay in implementation of the One Rank, One Pension (OROP). Earlier, Rahul was stopped close to the gates of the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and then taken to the Mandir Marg Police station.

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A political storm has erupted over the development, as parties are making a beeline to meet the victims’ family and are facing resistance from the Delhi Police, who carted away the leaders in droves. Issuing a statement in its defence, the Delhi Police asserted that they were reduced to detaining political leaders as they had to take law and order into consideration.

“During protest by Political parties at RML Hospital today, none has been arrested. When leaders along with the crowd started gathering at RML and Medical services got severely affected and orderliness deteriorated, the police requested them to move away. Despite several requests when they didn’t move and refused, the leaders and protesting followers were removed to Police stations and detained. All concerned are requested to help Delhi Police in maintaining peace and orderliness,” the statement added.

In a footage from during his detention inside Mandir Marg Police station, the Congress Vice President can be seen saying, “You have arrested the son of an army veteran. Why have you done that? Aren’t you ashamed? What kind of work are you doing?”

Besides Rahul, Congress leader Jyotirao Scindia was also carted away by the Police while several Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders protested outside the Parliament Street Police Station here, where Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia was held. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was also detained at Lady Harding hospital.

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First Published on: November 2, 2016 10:03 pm
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    IML sood
    Nov 2, 2016 at 6:39 pm
    This booted out frustrated Cong/App supporters are emitting dark breath from the fire burning within as nothing is coming into their hands by people's apathy towards them.Shameless persons with degraded comments will not have any effect,let them rant.
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      PG
      Nov 2, 2016 at 8:03 pm
      What is wrong with this Nehru - hi family? They seem to like vultures waiting for death in the air. This family needs to apologize to the nation for looting for last 60 years. Has this dimwit forgotten the ZERO loss 2G scam? Or the monies from Agusta Westland? CWG?
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        Raj
        Nov 2, 2016 at 5:34 pm
        Family of vetRan should understand no political party tenders any help The political parties are taking hugh advantage from the death of vetRan so that their party comes to power next time.
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          Sanjay Kumar
          Nov 3, 2016 at 2:06 am
          The problem is that BJP never accepts its mistake, let alone apolozing. Not a single instance since its came to power they gracefully accepted a mistake. Accepting mistake need not be life or death for situation for party. rather people will be happy.
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            amit
            Nov 2, 2016 at 5:14 pm
            Rahul hi is snooping too low doing political vulturism on suicide of ex army personal.. Orop was left hanging for 40 years by Congress and now Raga is doin politics over it..
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              Amitava
              Nov 3, 2016 at 2:30 am
              People of India are noticing the quality of leadership of AAP and congress parties.lt;br/gt;By creating drama they will not be successful to survive. lt;br/gt;BJP is the only party to save India in present time.Time will prove it.
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                avd
                Nov 2, 2016 at 6:29 pm
                Before that Congress party which was in power for 60 years and the matter of OROP was pending for 40 years as such Congress must ask unconditional apology not only of the family of ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal who committed suicide(even he received OROP) and all ex-servicemen for making fun of them by providing only Rs 500 Crores in budget for 2014-2015 against actual need of 12-13 Thousand Crores.Therefore Congress Party must be held responsible for his Suicide.Nevertheless Congress party has been thrown out of power for cheating Ex-servicemen by not implementing OROP during its Govt at centre.
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                  mark
                  Nov 2, 2016 at 6:42 pm
                  This government is doing good job for rich and the upper cl. And upper caste. For others, its a bad government.
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                    Gopu
                    Nov 2, 2016 at 6:23 pm
                    Rahullll, come to Kerala and station there - because there are suicide everyday. Easy you don't have to run here and there. Better photo op every day.
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                      Babudabang
                      Nov 2, 2016 at 9:13 pm
                      What did hi family do for servicemen when congress was in power and Ak is just being stupid and distracting us from his corrupt henchmen
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                        Venkataraman Jagadesan
                        Nov 2, 2016 at 10:11 pm
                        He is a PAPLU AND HE WIIL REMAIN A PAPLU AND WILL GO TO HYBERNATION AS A PAPLU.
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                          Venkataraman Jagadesan
                          Nov 2, 2016 at 10:08 pm
                          Paplu should tender unconditional apology to the agrieved family for creating scenes at the Hospital along with the other jokers from his party . He is proving that he has become a burden to the party and also to the counttry. He was all smiling and shouting as though some drama is being enacted there. Shame he is occupying a vp of a party. Jai HInd.
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                            Kirit
                            Nov 2, 2016 at 5:11 pm
                            Don't unsderstand why government need to apologize for a particular suicide. There are thousand suicide a day and most becuase of some problem with money or family. Not sure, what government has to do with it.
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                              l s
                              Nov 3, 2016 at 12:28 am
                              You AMUL BABY, however you try to become a leader, all your efforts will go to dogs, because you are not an elected leader, but a propped up son by your mother.lt;br/gt;Indians do not want you, understand that. Only all your corrupt congi leaders will fall at your feet. You and your lies do not allow the dead to rest in peace. Even a death is welcomed by you, because you feel you come in the head-lines. People of this country will throw you out, reme,ber that.
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                                kris kumar
                                Nov 2, 2016 at 7:47 pm
                                Fake hi or Pappu doing dirty politics and looking for publicity on dead soldier. Only a few days he was questioning the integerity of the army and now he has gone their to shed crocodile tears. Should this joker be told that it was corrupt Congressi who made a complete mess of OROP and put it under the carpet for years and now playing dirty tricks over it and looking for opportunity to share few brownie points. This foul mouth joker should be given a lesson on communication and good behaviour.
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                                  Manju
                                  Nov 3, 2016 at 3:02 am
                                  And you seem to be a muslim... what else can you expect from muslim
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                                    Manju
                                    Nov 3, 2016 at 2:59 am
                                    Rahul should go to JNU and chant India Tere Tukre Honge, Inshah Allah, Inshah Allah along with Kanahiya, KANJRIWALA. Only few days ago, they questioning Army's work. In this media age, it is difficult to to make fool of people.
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                                      Manju
                                      Nov 3, 2016 at 4:07 am
                                      Just imagine if this Guy had been a Muslim. By now Kanjri-wala would have given Kins 50 Lakhs, Apartments and jobs to all his 4 wives and 30 children. Pappu Mian would be seen beating chest.
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                                        mlpandit
                                        Nov 2, 2016 at 7:17 pm
                                        Who says Mr. Rahul hi does not speak about issues facing the country after UPA government lost power. He, like most other leaders, seems to have followed the old wisdom: silence is a virtue while in power and a sin when out of power. And the nation must encourage such outbursts from the opposition leaders.
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                                          Sunil
                                          Nov 3, 2016 at 12:07 am
                                          Why can the latest update not be posted, Zee News report and other lesser papers now have reported that the issue of under payment was due to the State Bank under paying. Or is this too much of the truth for Congress and leftist parties to admit they were wrong?lt;br/gt;The late ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal did in fact recieve less money that he should have, but it was due to an error in calculation at the SBI bank branch in Bhiwani, Haryana.
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                                            Parshulakshya
                                            Nov 2, 2016 at 6:43 pm
                                            Rahul should hide his face with shame after reading the disgraceful record of harment ,maltreatment ,disrespect and abuse of Army by the members of his family right from his great g father to her mother.
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