The political drama over suicide of an ex-soldier over the implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP) continued on Thursday with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi being taken away by Delhi police from the protest site at Jantar Mantar where leaders of his party organised a a candle light march.
According to police, Gandhi was escorted away from the protest site due to security reason. He was later dropped at a place on Feroze Shah Road, Police said.
The Congress leader, however, claimed in a tweet: “Was detained by Delhi police and taken away from Jantar Mantar.” “Police vehicle was stopped at 5, Feroze Shah Road, enroute to Tughlak Road PS,” he tweeted.
“I have only one thing to say that the way the family was treated was wrong and it may affect the morale of the army. The police should at least apologise to the family,” he told reporters.
A police official said the action was taken keeping Rahul’s security in mind as the crowd at Jantar Mantar was swelling by the minute.
He was earlier detained twice by the police on Wednesday when he went to RML hospital to meet the family of the ex-serviceman. The family members of the ex-soldier were also manhandled by the police.
Lashing out at the Centre for ill treatment to the kin of the ex-soldier, Gandhi had said that the government must apologise to the bereaved family. “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.
Jantar Mantar (Delhi): Earlier visuals of Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi at the protest site (before detention) pic.twitter.com/wvnKkCEZrw
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The body of Ram Kishan Grewal, a former Rajputana Rifles subedar, allegedly consumed poison at a Delhi park on Tuesday evening demanding the immediate implementation of the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme, was cremated in his village on Thursday in the presence of hundreds of people including Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.