NEW DELHI: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi in India has been detained at a police station after he attempted to enter Delhi’s Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital to meet the family of a retired Army man who allegedly committed suicide yesterday, upset at his demands on the one-rank-one-pension scheme not being met.
When Delhi’s Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia and an Aam Aadmi Party lawmaker tried to enter the hospital, they were bundled into a bus and taken away.
The police accused the politicians of obstructing hospital work. “Delhi Police will not allow any obstruction at a hospital. They were making speeches. Leaders should understand they can’t do politics here,” a police officer said.
“Manish Sisodia detained? He had gone to meet family of deceased Ram Kishan ji. He is elected Dy CM. Whats wrong wid u Modiji? So insecure?” tweeted Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is expected to arrive at the hospital soon.
Mr Kejriwal also attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a video, accusing it of “lying” about the implementation of one-rank one-pension or OROP.
Subedar Ram Kishen Grewal allegedly poisoned himself on the lawns of a government building in the heart of Delhi on Tuesday afternoon. In a suicide note he said he had still not received the increased pension promised to him by the government under the OROP scheme it implemented last year.
His family wants the government to fulfil the demands that Mr Grewal had made in a petition that he planned to hand over to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar later on Tuesday.
Sources in Mr Parrikar’s office said they had received no request from the Army veteran for an appointment with the minister.
“Saddened by the death of Subdr. Ram Kishan Grewal. I express my heartfelt condolences. I have asked for officials to provide me details.” Mr Parrikar said.
One Rank One Pension, a long-standing demand of ex-servicemen, grants retired armed forces personnel pension parity with officers and jawans of the same rank who are retiring now.