IT BEGAN at 9 am and they kept coming. Political leaders, chief ministers — serving and former — state ministers and MPs made a beeline for ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal’s home in Bamla village of Haryana on Thursday, offering condolences and compensation to the grieving family. The cremation was held in his village on Thursday.
While Haryana Transport Minister Krishan Lal Panwar and Mahendragarh-Bhiwani MP Dharambir Singh (BJP) announced Rs 10 lakh and a government job for Grewal’s family, Kejriwal announced a compensation of Rs 1 crore. Former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda was among the first to arrive at 9 am, accompanied by his son Deepender. Minutes later, other Congress leaders including former Bhiwani MP Shruti Choudhary, Kuldeep Bishnoi and Randeep Singh Surjewala joined them, and, after jostling for space on a patch of grass outside Grewal’s house, sat cross-legged next to the body.
They later met Grewal’s sons, offered condolences, and left. An hour later, Dharambir Singh and Krishan Lal Pawar arrived and whisked away Grewal’s family for a closed-door meeting. While leaving the village, Singh announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh and a government job for the family. “Our government is with the family,” he said.
Just as BJP leaders left the village at 10.40 am, an advance team of the SPG arrived to oversee security before Rahul Gandhi’s arrival. Rahul stayed away from the media and sat with Grewal’s sons for a few minutes, before the family left for the cremation grounds at 10.55 am. A little after noon, came Kejriwal and the AAP. “Grewal is a martyr and Delhi government will give Rs 1 crore to the victim,” said Kejriwal. While speaking to reporters, Kejriwal insisted that Grewal’s son, Dilawar, should stay by his side. “I was manhandled and beaten up by the Delhi Police,” Dilawar alleged.