Rahul Gandhi detained twice amid protests over ex-soldier’s suicide

"The least this government can do is to apologise to the family of the deceased soldier for making them suffer," said an angry Gandhi after being finally released at night amid strong protests by party leaders.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: November 2, 2016 9:50 pm
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Rahul Gandhi and top Congress leaders were on Wednesday detained twice as a high-voltage political drama unfolded following the alleged suicide by a former soldier over OROP, prompting the party vice president to demand an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“The least this government can do is to apologise to the family of the deceased soldier for making them suffer,” said an angry Gandhi after being finally released at night amid strong protests by party leaders.

At a joint press conference at the AICC headquarters, former Defence Minister A K Antony warned that “things will be difficult” if the government did not implement the OROP in toto immediately and remove the pay commission anomalies.

Holding the Modi government responsible for the suicide of Subedar Ram Kishan Grewal (70), a resident of Bhiwani district in Haryana, Antony and party chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala demanded that Prime Minister apologise to the nation and the armed forces for “misleading them” that OROP has been implemented.

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“The present government is responsible for this suicide. Modi government, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister, is talking for last one year that they have implemented OROP fully, but have not yet done so. They have diluted the OROP as implemented by UPA.

“Government must implement OROP in toto at the earliest and remove all pay commission anomalies otherwise things will be difficult,” Antony said, adding had everything been implemented fully this tragedy would not have happened.

He added, “If is government has any kind of loyalty left for armed forces, my humble request to Prime Minister is please apologise to the nation and the families of soldiers for misleading them that OROP has been implemented. Such action has been unheart of in the history of India.”

Rahul Gandhi after his release said, “The minimum that government should do is to apologise to the family of the deceased ex-serviceman.”

The family has made a sacrifice and what has happened to them (their detention) is wrong, he added.

The Congress immediately latched on to the issue after reports of the suicide came in the morning with party leaders taking to the streets. Rahul Gandhi went to RML Hospital to meet the bereaved family and express his condolences, but was taken into custody and kept at Mandir Marg police station. He was again detained at the Tilak Marg police station and released late at night.

Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia also met similar fate.

Striking a defiant note, Congress declared that Rahul Gandhi will agitate for the cause of soldiers no matter how many times he has to go to jail.

“Rahul Gandhi is unfazed and no matter how many times he has to go to jail, he will continue to agitate for the cause of soldiers,” said Surjewala.

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  1. Jay Smith
    Nov 2, 2016 at 7:35 pm
    Wtf has the congress ever done except fill its own coffers. One man is trying to d something and so many want Pappu raj
    1. L
      Nov 2, 2016 at 5:49 pm
      The most nationalist partys minister questioning the mental state of the ex army man ......lt;br/gt;Rohit Vemula - question his being Dalitlt;br/gt;Akhlaq - question which meat he atelt;br/gt;Ram kishen - question his mental state lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Now this is what happens when we elect uneducated people to power , they want to question everything as per their convenience but dont want to question them for anything otherwise we l b sikular aaptard antinational antihindu and what not......lt;br/gt;India is once again changing to its old past of slavery but this time we chose to be under it .......
      1. D
        Nov 2, 2016 at 8:28 pm
        THE ATS should take out this miseducated ignorant megalomaniac kutta.
        1. S
          S Subramaniam
          Nov 2, 2016 at 9:17 pm
          Congress has been fooling the Armed Forces from 1947 onwards as lucidly explained by Maj-Gen (Retd) Satbir Singh, SM, Chairman IESM in the TV panel discussion. They have not approved OROP during their 43-years rule. Moreover, the Defence procurement is also fraught with scams. Maj-Gen (Retd) G D Bakshi, SM, VSM is perfectly correct that nobody should smile like Congress VP while condoling the death of an ex-serviceman. Does sloganeering "Rahul hi, zindabad", justified? Prime Minister is honest enough to admit publicly that he was not aware of the intricacies of OROP but nevertheless, he has implemented his promise. When Jawans are martyred day-in-day-out while defending our hostile neighbour none of these politicians visited the bereaved families. Besides, the present theatrics has a demoralising effect on the Armed Forces.
          1. S
            Nov 2, 2016 at 5:23 pm
            If there are any anomalies in the OROP implemented by the present government, those should be looked into and rectified.What the Delhi police have done to the family of the deceased former soldier (committed suicide, for he was aggrieved) is not reasonable. But, how can these congress leaders including Shri. A K Antony, who had been the defence minister of our country for years blame the BJP government for not implementing OROP without any defect? The congress men take Mr. Rahul hi _ just as they take the decorated elephants in procession around the temples in Kerala - to where ever ever there take place some unfortunate incidents believing that this would expand their vote bank. But the public hate this sort of processions.
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