Rahul Gandhi arrested in New Delhi
NEW DELHI: (APP) India police Wednesday detained opposition leaders as they tried to meet the family of an ex-serviceman who allegedly killed himself over the government's pension policy for army veterans.
The veteran, named by Indian media as Ram Kishan Grewal, died Tuesday.
The pension scheme, approved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government last September, was expected to benefit around three million veterans by giving them more money every five years regardless of when they retired.
But some veterans are angry the government has not met all their demands, including the pension increase.
"I only tried to meet the family (of the veteran) and share their grief," Gandhi told reporters. "I only wanted to speak with them for two minutes but they detained me and even the family of the veteran. What did they do?"
"This government should at least apologise to the veteran's family," he said.
"During protest by political parties at...hospital today, none has been arrested," Delhi police said on social media, adding they were detained after "medical services (at the hospital) got severely affected and orderliness deteriorated".
Gandhi later urged Modi on Twitter to implement the One Rank One Pay (OROP) pension scheme in a meaningful way.
OROP was one of the longest pending demands made by Indian army veterans from successive New Delhi governments.
Modi made it one of his key poll promises during his election campaign.
Kejriwal hit out at Modi on Twitter during his detention.
"PM Modi is lying that OROP has been implemented. If it was implemented, why would likes of Ram Kishan commit suicide? Mr Modi should apologise to the soldiers," he said in Hindi.