New Delhi: “Do you not feel ashamed? He is a son of an army veteran… And you are arresting them?” an angry Rahul Gandhi told a group of Delhi Police, slamming detention of family members of an ex-serviceman who allegedly committed suicide over the OROP issue.
In a video shot inside Mandir Marg police station, where Rahul was taken following his detention after he tried to enter the RML hospital to meet the deceased Ram Kishan Grewal’s family, the Congress leader was seen lashing out at a group of Delhi Police personnel for taking into custody some relatives of Grewal.
Pointing to Grewal’s father and brother, Rahul demanded their release and termed their detention as “shameful”
“What is your name? You think the family of India’s martyr should be arrested? Do you not feel ashamed?,” Rahul asked one senior police official when he turned down Congress Vice President’s request to release the family members of the deceased.
Grewal, an ex-serviceman from Haryana’s Bhiwani district, ended his life yesterday by allegedly consuming poison on the lawns behind a government building in Janpath, the central area of the capital. Grewal, who was a familiar face of OROP agitation, left behind a suicide note, his son said.
A family member of Grewal alleged that police manhandled them when the family was in trauma.
Rahul was not allowed to enter Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital where Grewal’s body is kept while Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia was detained outside the hospital.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal too reached RML hospital and lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging that he was lying on the ‘One rank, One Pension’ issue.
“The Prime Minister says OROP has been implemented, and soldiers are dying demanding it to be implemented. It means the PM is lying across the country.
“Then why did he commit suicide? The Centre is deceiving the army. I have come to meet his family. If anyone commits suicide in my state, should I not meet the family?
“BJP is doing politics. They have detained the Deputy CM. We will have to postpone the Cabinet meeting. Why? Because the Centre has resorted to hooliganism,” Kejriwal told reporters outside the hospital.