Ex-Indian Army soldier commits suicide over 'One Rank One Pension' issue

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will visit the family of the ex-seviceman. In photo: Indian paramilitary troopers during a gunfight in Srinagar. Photograph:( AFP )

DNA New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 02, 2016, 05.20 AM (IST)

An Ex-Indian Army soldier, Ram Kishan Grewal, allegedly committed suicide at New Delhi's Jantar Mantar over the  One Rank One Pension (OROP) issue.

The 70-year-old ex-serviceman committed suicide by consuming poison at a park on  Tuesday.

Police said he along with some other ex-servicemen was in the process of submitting a memorandum to the Defence Ministry over the issue of OROP.

In his suicide note, Grewal said that he is taking such extreme step for the soldiers. Grewal was a resident of Bumla village in Bhiwani, Haryana.

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"He called us and informed he is committing suicide as the government has failed to fulfil their demands related to OROP," said Grewal's son.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will visit the family of the ex-serviceman.

"It means that the PM was lying about the OROP being implemented. If it infact was, then why would Ram Kishan have to commit suicide?" Kejriwal asked.

Ex-servicemen have been protesting over the OROP scheme introduced by the government.

(This report first appeared in DNA)

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