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Reacting to the death of a retired soldier who committed suicide demanding OROP’s implementation, Union minister VK Singh on Wednesday said condition of his mental health needs to be investigated. “He has committed suicide. No one knows the reason behind it. OROP is being shown as the reason. What his mental state was we do not know. Let it be probed first. OROP should be kept above politics,” Singh told reporters, while reacting to alleged suicide by army veteran Ram Kishan Grewal.
He went on to state that the Centre had accepted the long-pending demands of the agitating veterans and there was no need to get into “what one is saying for 4 paisa.”
Singh’s comments drew sharp reactions from Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the Congress. “Shame on u VKSingh. He twice got medals from President and once from COAS. He was a decorated soldier,” Kejriwal tweeted.
Senior Congress leader RPN Singh said it was “unbecoming” of a former army chief to bring the mental state of a deceased veteran into question. “It is unfortunate that a former army chief is raising such questions,” the former Union Minister said.
High drama prevailed at RML hospital when Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia were detained after they tried to meet the family of the ex-serviceman.
The Congress Vice President was not allowed to enter the premises of the Centre-run hospital. His repeated attempts were stonewalled by the heavy posse of security personnel, drawing angry reaction from the leader who lashed out at the Modi government.
The 70-year-old ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal committed suicide by consuming poison at a park in New Delhi area on Tuesday evening.
Police said he along with some other ex-servicemen was in the process of submitting a memorandum to the Defence Ministry over the issue of OROP.