The Army’s morale is at an all-time low because of the poor treatment meted out to the family of a former soldier who killed himself, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Friday.
The Aam Aadmi Party leader blamed both Delhi Police and spokespersons for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the state of affairs.
Retired subedar Ram Kishan Grewal, 70, committed suicide here on Tuesday demanding the implementation of the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme.
Accusing the police of beating up Ram Kishan Grewal’s family members, Kejriwal accused BJP spokespersons of “hurling abuses at the deceased Subedar. Army morale at all time low”.
Kejriwal also accused the Modi government of lying on the issue of the dead man’s OROP demand.
“How do u believe this govt? PM jhooth bolte hain, unke vibhaag jhooth bolte hain (Prime Minister lies, so does his departments),” Kejriwal said in another tweet.
He quoted a television news channel as saying that an SBI official in Bhiwani in Haryana had rejected the charges that the bank was to blame for the wrong payment credited to Grewal’s pension account.
On Wednesday, Delhi Police detained Kejriwal and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi for several hours after they tried to meet the family of the retired soldier.
Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia was earlier detained after he met the family. All three were let off at night.