New Delhi: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia were detained by the Delhi Police on their way to meet the family of former serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal, who committed suicide over the government’s failure to guarantee the controversial One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme.
A furious Rahul attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “It is an undemocratic mentality. A new kind of India is being created. It is Modiji’s India,” the 46-year-old Congress leader told reporters after he was prevented from entering New Delhi’s Ram Manohar Lohia hospital.
The Delhi Police said Rahul was detained for preventing the cops from doing their job. “Rahul Gandhi has been detained at Mandir Marg police station for disruption of duty after he wasn’t allowed to enter the RML hospital to meet ex-serviceman’s family,” Special Commissioner of Police MK Meena told reporters.
Meena said Grewal’s family members have also been detained as well since “they were contacting political leaders and holding demonstration in a hospital which is not a place for demonstration”.
Earlier, Sisodia was also taken into custody by the Delhi Police when he had gone to the same hospital to meet Grewal’s family, who killed himself by consuming poison over OROP at the Jantar Mantar site in the national capital.
The Aam Aadmi Party leader was detained after he tried to sit on a dharna inside the hospital over Grewal’s suicide. “I went to RML to meet the family, not to stage a dharna. What’s wrong with that?” he tweeted.
Sisodia also targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Law and order is in jeopardy if Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister meets the grieving family? What kind of system is this, Modiji?”
“You pat yourself over the soldiers’ bravery and arrest us when we go to meet the family of a soldier who committed suicide. Patriotism?” he said.
Sisodia added that he had been told that police can detain a person for 23 hours without showing any documents under Section 65 of the Indian Penal Code.