Ex Armyman on Hunger strike hospitalised


New Delhi: One among the retired Armymen who has been on Hunger strike till death over the demand of One Rank One Pension, has reportedly been hospitalized after his condition deteriorated.

Col Pushpendra, who is a diabetic patient, was on hunger strike since August 16, along with two other ex-servicemen. Another veteran, Havaldar Saheb Singh of the Rajputana Rifles has replaced him on hunger strike.

Major General Satbir Singh, Chairman of Indian Ex-servicemen Movement said, “The doctor, who examined him today, said his ketone level has increased and he needs to be immediately shifted. Col Singh was reluctant but we persuaded him to be moved to the hospital.”

An unrelenting Col Pushpendra said, “”I will come back and continue my fast. I am not ready to go but the people here want me to to as they say high ketone level will affect brain functioning.”

On Tuesday, the ex-servicemen are scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue. Three ex-servicemen Colonel (retired) Pushpender Singh of 3 Grenadiers, Havaldar Major Singh of 3 Sikh Light Infantry and Havaldar (retired) Ashok Chauhan of Signals regiment are on a fast unto death after PM Modi failed to announce the implementation of the scheme during his Independence Day speech.