Chaos as leaders leave little room for mourners

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Sat Singh

Tribune News Service

Bamla (Bhiwani), November 3

The body of ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal, who committed suicide on November 1 over the “delay” in  implementation of the One Rank, One Pension (OROP) scheme, was brought to his hometown early this morning after a postmortem at Lady Hardinge Hospital, Delhi. “I don’t know why the Delhi Police kept me and my two brothers in detention for the whole day yesterday,” said a crestfallen Dilawar Singh, Grewal’s eldest son. He said they were let off after being told the family would be paid a compensation of Rs 10 lakh and one member given a government job. Jaswant Singh, angry with Union Minister VK Singh for calling his father “mentally unstable”, said: “My father served the forces for 30 years. Post-retirement, he was elected sarpanch. But the minister thinks he was unstable.”Senior state Congress leaders thronged the deceased’s house. Among them were former CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda, CLP leader Kiran Choudhry, AICC secretary Randeep Surjewala, Ashok Tanwar, Deepender Hooda, Kumari Selja, Kuldeep Bishnoi, Shruti Choudhry and Subhash Batra. They were all there much before AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi.The leaders gathered around the body in the courtyard, leaving little room for the mourners. Women were heard pleading that they be allowed to pay their last respects, but to no avail. There was utter chaos as the police jostled with the crowds to make way for Rahul.Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal reached at noon and headed straight for the cremation ground. He later met the bereaved family and announced Rs 1-crore aid. He said his government had decided to declare Grewal a martyr. To a query if the parties were needlessly politicising the issue, he said he was doing so for the welfare of the defence veterans “while Prime Minister Narendra Modi does it to snatch their rights”. TMC’s Derek O’Brien, Bhiwani MP Dharambir (BJP) and INLD’s Dadri MLA Rajdeep Phogat also paid their respects.

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