The last rites of army veteran Ram Kishan Grewal who committed suicide over One Rank One Pension (OROP) issue has been completed near Bhiwani in Haryana on Thursday. Rahul Gandhi also attended the last rites ceremony.
The suicide stormed huge political slugfest with detainment of leaders like Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Congress MLA Randeep Surjewala. Later, they were released from custody.
The leaders were detained while they went to meet the family of deceased at RML hospital in Delhi. Meanwhile, the ex-servicemen’s body was sent to his home town Bhiwani in Haryana after the postmortem.
As it happened:
# Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announces Rs 1 crore to be given to Ram Kishan Grewal's family.
# No harm in letting anyone meet the family of the victim(ex-serviceman), Police should have managed it in a better way: Satyapal Singh, BJP MP
I think Delhi Police should have handled the situation better, they completely mishandled it: Satyapal Singh,BJP MP on detentions pic.twitter.com/GaUdOpxeKa— ANI (@ANI_news) November 3, 2016
How Delhi Police handles an issue on ground is according to the law & to their discretion, Ministers dont intervene: Kiren Rijiju, MoS Home pic.twitter.com/b47J9i1MP6— ANI (@ANI_news) November 3, 2016
# Haryana Transport Minister Krishan Lal Panwar announces Rs 10 lakh compensation to family of Ram Kishan Grewal & a job to 1 family member
Bhiwani (Haryana): Last rites ceremony of ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal underway pic.twitter.com/GoJhpyP40L— ANI (@ANI_news) November 3, 2016
# Congress VP Rahul Gandhi reaches residence of Ram Kishan Grewal in Bhiwani (Haryana)
Jo ahankar Cong ko leke dooba tha, inko (BJP) bhi wahi leke doobega: Arvind Kejriwal pic.twitter.com/qFcjrVpGQI— ANI (@ANI_news) November 3, 2016
I don’t mind being in police custody, but why did police take his family in custody: Arvind Kejriwal on Ram Kishan Grewal suicide case pic.twitter.com/ixock5XkCw— ANI (@ANI_news) November 3, 2016
Bhiwani (Haryana): Last rites of ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal to be performed today pic.twitter.com/9VS6BRCPde— ANI (@ANI_news) November 3, 2016
Deepender Singh Hooda at ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Garehwal's residence in Bhiwani, Haryana. pic.twitter.com/SyMH92EXBN— ANI (@ANI_news) November 3, 2016
# Double grieving happening here - one for their loss, other for what happened yesterday. Family should not have been manhandled: Derek O'Brien
# Let's not only talk jargons. Let government do the real thing for our soldiers. My heartfelt condolences to family: Robert Vadra
# Being so desperate to end his life, further the family being detained by authorities, really needs to be probed: Robert Vadra
# Saddened to learn of the suicide of ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal: Robert Vadra
# Rahul Gandhi is on the way to Bhiwani, he is expected to be at Bamla village by 9:30 AM
# If Rahul Gandhi or Mr. Kejriwal wanted to meet the family they should have been allowed: TMC Leader Derek O'Brien
# Will go to their village and meet Ram Kishan ji's family there today: Kejriwal
# TMC Leader Derek O'Brien reaches ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Garehwal's residence in Bhiwani, Haryana
Forensic experts on Wednesday night conducted the postmortem of the body of ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal. The body was sent to Lady Hardinge Hospital early on Wednesday morning from RML Hospital where he had died after being rushed there on Tuesday.
He had allegedly consumed poison on the lawns of a government building in the heart of the national capital. "The postmortem began at around 9:30 PM and the report is currently with the hospital," a hospital source told PTI.
Earlier, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday demanded apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allegedly lying to Armymen about One Rank One Pension scheme. Tweeting his dissent after being released from the RK Puram police station in New Delhi around midnight, Kejriwal accused PM Modi of false nationalism.
“Modiji lied that OROP has been implemented. Modiji should apologise to soldiers. Today Modiji’s false nationalism has been revealed,” Delhi CM tweeted from his handle @ArvindKejriwal.
(With PTI inputs)