Rahul, Kejriwal to attend ex-serviceman’s funeral in Haryana village


kejriwal, rahulA political storm raged in Delhi, which saw Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia in custody and released some hours later.

Reason: An ex-serviceman had committed suicide at Janpath seeking full implementation of the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme on November 2.

After preventing Gandhi and Sisodia from entering the hospital to meet the victim’s family, the cops took the duo into custody and took them to the Mandir Marg police station. Kejriwal was detained at Lady Hardinge Hospital and taken to the RK Puram police station. After some hours, he was released. Gandhi was held again, while trying to meet Grewal’s family. Some of Grewal’s family members and Congress leaders were also arrested. 

suicide-1Meanwhile, the offices of Gandhi and Kejriwal have confirmed that they will attend the deceased army veteran’s funeral in his native village in Haryana. Gandhi was scheduled to reach the village by 9.30 am. Derek O’ Brien of Trinamool Party drove through the night and reached on early November 3.

Doctors at Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital said ex-serviceman RK Grewal was brought to the hospital on November 1 in a delicate condition. He later succumbed during treatment. He had apparently consumed some poisonous tablets when denied permission to meet Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

Parrikar tweeted, “Saddened by the death of subedar Ram Kishan Grewal. I express my heartfelt condolences. I have asked officials to provide me with details.”

Former army chief and Union Minister VK Singh wanted to know about Grewal’s mental state when he committed suicide, media reports said. Singh’s statement was slammed by the Opposition who said it was unbecoming of Singh to question a deceased ex-serviceman’s mental state.

Hitting out against the opposition parties, the Bharatiya Janata Party criticised Gandhi and Kejriwal of politicising Grewal’s death. As far as OROP was concerned, the ruling party said the government had fulfilled its commitment.

Meanwhile, Delhi Police said they had barred entry into all hospitals to maintain law and order. The police action was taken as per law and that all leaders were held under Section 65 of the Delhi Police Act, as per media reports.