OROP suicide: Rahul Gandhi detained, let go in day of drama

Ex-serviceman’s suicide: Aam Aadmi Party and Congress take protests to Jantar Mantar

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: November 17, 2016 12:28 pm
Rahul Gandhi, OROP, OROP suicide, Rahul gandhi Detained, Rahul Gandhi news, Rahul detained, Congress, Congress leaders detained, Congress news, India news Rahul, Kejriwal (left) at Grewal’s cremation in Haryana’s Bamla village, Thursday. (Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)

A day after ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal committed suicide, allegedly over the One Rank One Pension issue, Jantar Mantar Thursday became ground zero for protests and candlelight vigils by the AAP as well as the Congress. As AAP cabinet ministers Gopal Rai and Kapil Mishra wrapped up a condolence meet and demonstration against the Centre, hundreds of Congress volunteers queued up for a candlelight march, led by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

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Once Congress workers began marching towards India Gate, police told them they will not be allowed to proceed and detained Rahul, Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia and Youth Congress president Amarinder Singh Raja Brar. “Was detained by Delhi Police and taken away from Jantar Mantar. Police vehicle stopped at 5 Firoze Shah Road, enroute to Tughlak Road PS,” Rahul tweeted. He was released at around 9 pm, after being detained for nearly two hours. Talking to reporters later, Rahul said he wanted to give a written complaint to the police, asking why he was detained. “Perhaps for the first time, an MP goes to the police station and gives a complaint and the police says we cannot accept it. We have orders from above and we cannot accept your complaint. If an MP’s complaint is not accepted, how will a common man’s be… This is Modiji’s new Hindustan,” he said.

Asked why his vehicle was stationed at Feroze Shah Road for so long, he said, “I don’t know, it seems they got a bit scared. They were not getting orders from above and I was made to sit in the police vehicle for 30-45 minutes,” he said. Rahul said he was told that he was being detained under Section 144. Meanwhile, the AAP, led by the party’s MLAs and cabinet ministers, held a condolence meet and pledged to take Grewal’s crusade forward.

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“A soldier was martyred fighting not the enemy on the border but his own government, his own people. What a shame. Today, a BJP minister in Haryana claims it is not martyrdom but just a suicide… Farmers and soldiers are committing suicide. Are they all mentally unstable? Ram Kishan ji was murdered. He was forced to commit suicide,” AAP minister Kapil Mishra said. “Is this the first time a minister went to a hospital to meet a family? In the history of India, for the first time a Chief Minister was not allowed to move freely in his own state.”

Union Minister V K Singh had Wednesday said that Grewal’s “mental state” needed to be probed. On Thursday, he said, “He (Grewal) was a Congress worker. He became sarpanch on Congress ticket. However, he was our soldier. I feel sad over his death.” Rahul said the government should apologise to Grewal’s family. “The fact is that they were disrespected and the Defence Minister owes an apology to the family,” he said, adding that “the Prime Minister must implement OROP properly”.

A senior police officer said that they first stopped Rahul at Tolstoy Marg when he was leading a candlelight march towards India Gate. “At 7.15 pm, Rahul’s aide Kanishka Singh made a call to the PCR, claiming that Rahul had been abducted. He (Rahul) was being taken to his home in a PCR van (but) his party workers deflated the van’s tyre, so he was taken to Tuglaq Road police station,” a police officer claimed. Joint Commissioner of Police (spokesperson) Dependra Pathak confirmed the detention and added, “Rahul, along with other leaders, were brought to Tuglaq Road police station and released.”

Meanwhile, the investigation into Grewal’s suicide has been handed over to the Delhi Police’s Crime Branch, considering “the sensitivity of the matter”. Special Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Taj Hassan confirmed the development and said the Crime Branch has initiated inquest proceedings in the case.

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First Published on: November 4, 2016 3:43 am
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    Prem
    Nov 4, 2016 at 9:55 am
    in 2007 he was responsible for the Godhra roits, then in Jan'2016 the dalit incident in hyderabad and now on 2nd November 2016, this autocrat Modi is trying to prove that he was a killer and nothing else. Nothing good can be come out from him
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      Anil Kumar Singh
      Nov 4, 2016 at 3:27 am
      I feel the departed soul was convinced by chamchas of Congress and AAP to commit suicide and they will lookafter his family. These shameless creatures can go down to any level to defame BJP govt. Nehru , Indira , Rajiv all of them created hundred humiliations to Armed Forces and this Pappu is glorifying a suicide in blatant vilation of the law of the land. Kejari never had any love lust for lawof land in any case. These people, I am sure, incited the deceased with money , which has now been annonced by Kejari, and jobs to his son whichh they thought BJP would be forced to announce. Money at a desperate point can force some one to consider ending his own life as the sucide squads are brainwashed.
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        Nabarun
        Nov 4, 2016 at 2:55 am
        Both Rahul hi and Arvind Kejriwal should own a drama company in partnership basis. Mamata could be a female artist in it.
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          medha
          Nov 5, 2016 at 1:34 pm
          another fa bulous articlelt;br/gt;
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            medha
            Nov 5, 2016 at 1:33 pm
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              Avinash
              Nov 4, 2016 at 2:32 am
              Pappu should be tried for interference in the discharge of duty by the law enforcement officers, and grinning ear to ear as if he was on a picnic on his way to the hospital to pay respects to the deceased family who were in mourning.
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                Pappalil Prabhakaran
                Nov 4, 2016 at 1:21 am
                Congress and AAP are trying to milk out of an unfortunate suicide of a retired jawan for vote bank politics. Shameless Kejriwal and most shameless Rahul Da Vinci.
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                  Anand Ch
                  Nov 4, 2016 at 1:21 am
                  Why do they do such things ? Why should he be arrested ? He could have been dropped at his house. Why but avoidable mess.
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                    P
                    Nov 4, 2016 at 1:46 pm
                    Who should apologize whom. It is the Indian people who should apologize the jawans who fight at LoC for us to live in peace. Who are demoralising them. On the outset who raised proof of surgical strike to creep in to Pak headlines. Who made the PM a dalali equating army jawans to a commodity like real estate. What V.K.Singh as a politician said is insensotive on a veterans suicide, he too was an army man and in army also they are trained as tough guys and suicide is a crime. OROP should not be made a weapon by political party right now to demoralise a great army of a great country. Atalji called Indiraji durga after Bengla liberation even though OROP was denied until 2014.
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                      Rengaraj
                      Nov 4, 2016 at 3:07 am
                      In fact I must commit suicide for Mr Rahul ( I will not call him as Mr. Rahul hi) playing this kind of dirty politics.
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                        Sam N
                        Nov 4, 2016 at 3:49 am
                        the party which fights for OROP, uniform civil code, GST, one election is the best party for this country. this pappu and kejruddin are fake undercover pro s and will stoop to any level to split and destroy this country.
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                          Satish Berry
                          Nov 4, 2016 at 3:01 am
                          I think Police should put Rahul hi in jail and through away the key.
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                            satya
                            Nov 4, 2016 at 2:49 am
                            I thought he would be sent to Kaala Paani
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                              seshadri
                              Nov 4, 2016 at 1:34 am
                              WHAT HINDUSTAN IS MR RAHUL TALKING OFlt;br/gt;WHAT THEY DID FOR ARMED FORCES WHEN THEY WERE IN POWERlt;br/gt;THEY ONLY LOOTED THE COUNTRY
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                                tamizh anban
                                Nov 3, 2016 at 11:49 pm
                                RAHUL PAPPU HAS NOTHIN TO DO IN HIS LIFE , LIKE HIS MTHER. LET ME AK HIM AND HIS MOM A QUESION: HAVE YOU BOTH DONE ANHTHING W WHILE IN YOUR LIFE?
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