OROP suicide: VK Singh sparks row with remarks on mental state of ex-soldier

"Reason for his suicide being reported is OROP, don't know what his mental state was, need investigation," ANI quoted VK Singh as saying.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 3, 2016 4:45 pm
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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.

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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.

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    NN Ojha
    Nov 2, 2016 at 12:47 pm
    "OROP should not be politicised", says VK Singh. What a farce! Has he forgotten that politicisation of OROP was started by BJP's star campaigner Narendra Modi during the 2014 general election campaign?
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    Rajesh Singh
    Nov 2, 2016 at 2:10 pm
    Mr General it shows your in sensitiveness towards the plight of soldiers. So you are very right in saying about the mental state of veteran. Even when you have the opportunity to work for the nation and soldiers, you never did that.As most of your tenure as general has gone in solving your own age and personal issues. What else we can expect from you.
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      Sanjay Kumar
      Nov 2, 2016 at 2:01 pm
      Man, the way he is speaking so called conga lie could be truth.
      1. A
        Nov 2, 2016 at 1:00 pm
        Spoken like a true chaddi.
        1. A
          Nov 2, 2016 at 1:01 pm
          Thus spoke the man who gave a false birth date. A Farzi man. farzi-cal party.
          1. R
            Nov 2, 2016 at 2:13 pm
            Anyone who commits suicide is never in the right state of mind - medical fact.
            1. R
              Nov 2, 2016 at 3:25 pm
              I really think the guy may have had a mental problem - kindly note, no one in his sane mind commits SUICIDE. Death is permanent, you know. Have some perspective of things, the man has a point.
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                CP Nair
                Nov 2, 2016 at 2:03 pm
                This is an insensitive statement from one who was the chief of the army once
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