The suicide of retired armyman Ram Kishan Garehwal at Jantar Mantar on Wednesday over the implementation of One Rank One Pension has unleashed a political storm with opposition leaders putting the entire blame on the government.
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi who tried to visit Ram Manohar Lohia hospital to meet the slain soldier's family was stopped at the gates and detained. "Naya Hindustan ban raha hai bhaiya… this is Modijis India," he told ANI News.
Senior Congress leaders Randeep Surjewala and Kiran Choudhary were the other who got detained. Vehicular movement ouitside the hospital was thrown out of gear as Rahul's presence led to chaos.
Naya Hindustan ban raha hai bhaiya: Rahul Gandhi after not being allowed to meet family of ex-serviceman in RML Hospital pic.twitter.com/v1IWKaOSVl— ANI (@ANI_news) November 2, 2016
Here is a video of Rahul Gandhi arguing with police officers inside Mandir Marg police station:
However, Delhi Police Special Commissioner MK Meena defended their actions saying that a hospital is not a place for demonstration.
RGandhi detained at Mandir Marg PS for 'disruption of duty'after he wasn't allowed to enter RML hosp to meet ex-serviceman's family-MK Meena pic.twitter.com/bqtfShbuKe— ANI (@ANI_news) November 2, 2016
Earlier, in the day, Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia who had also gone to meet the members of the family was forcibly taken out of the hospital and moved inside a bus.
Here is what he tweeted:
मैं RML hospital आत्महत्या करने वाले पूर्व सैनिक के परिवार से मिलने गया था, धरना देने नहीं। इसमें कौन सा अपराध है?— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) November 2, 2016
मुझे बताया गया है कि धारा 65 के तहत पुलिस बिना कोई कागज़ बनाए 23 घंटे तक हिरासत में रख सकती है।— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) November 2, 2016
दिल्ली का उपमुख्यमंत्री अगर शोकग्रस्त सैनिक परिवार से मिले तो आपकी कानून व्यवस्था का खतरे में पड़ जाती है?ये कौन सी व्यवस्था हैं मोदी जी?— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) November 2, 2016
Eyewitnesses said Sisodia could enter the premises as he came in a civilian car, which went undetected by the security. A senior official of the hospital said the deceased, Ram Kishan Grewal, was "brought dead to the hospital at 1.45 AM last night".
"His body was sent for post-mortem to Lady Hardinge at 7.30 AM in the morning," the official further added.
(With inputs from PTI)