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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First Published on: November 2, 2016 5:44 pm
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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.
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          arc
          Nov 2, 2016 at 1:00 pm
          Spoken like a true chaddi.
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            arc
            Nov 2, 2016 at 1:01 pm
            Thus spoke the man who gave a false birth date. A Farzi man. farzi-cal party.
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              Raj
              Nov 2, 2016 at 2:13 pm
              Anyone who commits suicide is never in the right state of mind - medical fact.
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                Raj
                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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                    doesitmatter
                    Nov 2, 2016 at 1:50 pm
                    Anyone who commits suicide is not in sound mental state.
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                      Sreenivasan
                      Nov 3, 2016 at 10:10 am
                      Do not ask questions to Mr. Singh. Better listen to him. Your duty as a patriotic Indian is to listen to people like Mr Singh. Why raise questions ? Are you not an Indian ? Are you not a proud patriotic nationalist Indian? If yes, you should not ask questions. Just see the Tamasha going on and obey what we say.
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                        harun
                        Nov 2, 2016 at 1:31 pm
                        V K Singh who gave a Fake certificate of his Birth ,this is no surprise.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;If that Jawan was insane or sufferred from Mental illness,then V K Singh does suffer from Mental illness as well.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;PTSD is common among war veterans and the Poor jawan who killed himself was pushed to kill him self as he felt let down by the State he served with devotion.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Its time that these veterans see reality,the Gov of the day enjoys Majority ,67% approval rating and the PM enjoys whopping 72%.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Given the State of the Opposition ,the Govt is under no pressure to fullfill the demands how so ever Just they may be.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Anna the veteran and anti corruption Crusader in exile has been promised Bharat Ratna and that will do for him.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Highest Point of Nationalism was when the family of the Veteran was detained.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Bharat Mata Ki Jai
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                          Vinay
                          Nov 2, 2016 at 12:47 pm
                          VK,.Singh.. We haven't forgot your Dog analogy on the faridabad killingslt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;You better Shut Up
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                            Indianajones
                            Nov 2, 2016 at 12:41 pm
                            VK the retired army chief who stooped to become a junior minister, would say anything to hang on to his chair.
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                              Ashok Leekha
                              Nov 2, 2016 at 2:55 pm
                              The JCO Sub RamKrishan committed suicide due to great depression as was on the subject of OROP.His application of mind and mental occupation was only focused on the said issue.He didn't get satisfactory reply and felt ridiculed,hence ended up committing sucide.He was mentally robust but frustrated on the delays in execution.lt;br/gt;Even now when everyone has enjo Diwali with their gains of 7CPC,We faujis are waiting for banks to give within a period of two months. Why will bank hurry,they will enjoy Two months interest.The banks also at times do injustice and then to correct one has to do lot of running around.
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                                maha
                                Nov 2, 2016 at 5:39 pm
                                100% correct. My father is waiting for his too. And same wrong calculation and now it is taking so long to get arrears. Poor form on the part of VK Singh.
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                                  Mahesh Kumar
                                  Nov 3, 2016 at 7:50 am
                                  I do not know what V K Singh meant to say and what his intentions are, but he is not good at speaking and it would better if he keeps his mouth shut. His words have spoiled the government name a couple of times. I wish either they keep his mouth shut or remove him.
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                                    manu
                                    Nov 3, 2016 at 7:55 am
                                    but rahul dnt..he supported those who chanted bharat ke tukde tukde...
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                                      manu
                                      Nov 3, 2016 at 7:54 am
                                      dnt mis lead..he wrote letter on 31st oct and commited suicide on 1st nov.....you expect defence ministry to reply with one night ? and secondly he got OROP but only 5000 less..sted of 3000 0 its 25000...give a break..will any one commit suicde for less 5000 amount ...that also withiout askig it ?
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                                        manu
                                        Nov 3, 2016 at 7:55 am
                                        my uncle already got ..he served in force..may be your father was wathc man in some shopping centre..
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                                          manu
                                          Nov 3, 2016 at 7:52 am
                                          vk singh got point..that ex service man calling audio tape to his son is available in all news..q 1 ...du we record all our call ..no..then y his son recored it . 2 ) within 30 seconds ex army many say he already eat 4 tabled to kill himself ....surprise is that son not got panic..he was calm and continue talking iwth father in phone for another 3 minute..3 ) he says ..he commited suicide bcso he got 5000 less amount ..en on..will any one commit suicide for getting 5000 less money ? 4 ) yoiu can hear 3 rd mans voice from behidn when this ex service man toalk with son ? y that 3 rd man not stopped him from suicide ? 5 ) he write letter to defence miniser on 31st oct and kills him self on 1st nov...y he cant waite foR defence minster reply for atleast 1 week ....and most funny that his suicide note is typed one full page... feels like some anti natinal agent with help of kejriwal want to make fight between govt and force..
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                                            Mayur Panghaal
                                            Nov 2, 2016 at 1:33 pm
                                            VK Singh paid 1.19 cr cash to ghulam mir (who was pdp min in abdullah govt) to help engineer dismissal of the govt.At aby the same time disturbances over koran desecration were fomented and people were killed.When caught,vk singh claimed every govt did it since independence.lt;br/gt;Not only this...he funded NGOs in Kashmir to file cases agst gen bikram singh to prevent him from becoming Chief.Then he filed affidavit abt his age to become chief of army.When it came time for retirement,he filed case agst army for mere 9 more months of service.He withdrew case when SC warned him if strict action.lt;br/gt;He then tried to raise bribery allegations to try and blackmail govt into relenting on the age issue and dragged ak antony into it.lt;br/gt;Then there was his ilegal TSD unit which was involved in all sorts of financial hanky panky.Claiming 8 crores of funds as part of covert ops in enemy territory without giving accounts or proof.lt;br/gt;Those who ignore history are condemned to repeat it.
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