Rahul Gandhi continues protests over OROP suicide, wants government to apologize to Grewal's family

Senior Congress leaders as well as an army of party workers took part in the demonstration to highlight the government's failure to provide help to retired army jawans and police high-handedness.

Rahul Gandhi continues protests over OROP suicide, wants government to apologize to Grewal's family

New Delhi: The Congress on Thursday took out a massive candlelight march covering some of the the city's famous landmarks like the Jantar Mantar and India Gate to protest against the government's handling of a suicide case pertaining to a 70-year-old retired jawan who had tragically ended his life over the delay in OROP pension.

Here are the LIVE updates:

- Ye Modiji ka naya Hindustan hai: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi after being released by police post 2-hour detention

- Rahul Gandhi reaches his residence at Tughlaq Road after police release him, say reports.

- This is perhaps the first time police refused to register a complaint from an MP: Rahul Gandhi after his release from detention.

- Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has been released by police after being in detention for almost two hours.

- Yesterday the family of the deceased veteran were treated miserably right in front of me. They were dragged and abused I am outraged by that as this affects the morale of our soldier protecting us on the borders. I want the Centre to apologise to the family: Rahul.

- Day by day the Modi Government is showing its true face. All Rahul Gandhi and other Congress party workers did today was lead a peaceful march. This is the third time he has been detained in two days. We had given a notice to Delhi Police informing them about the march. This is nothing but a clear case of bullying: Congress leader Randeep Surjewala.

- I was detained for doing my job. When I asked the police as to why they were doing this, they said that they had received the orders to do so from the top. Is it wrong to offer condolences? I just wanted to meet the family once. When they came out to meet me they were beaten and dragged to the police station: Rahul

- Rahul Gandhi taken from Feroz Shah Road in the PCR van: ANI

- I had gone to see a family who had served the nation, all doors of hospital were locked, there was no crowd: Rahul Gandhi 

- I want to tell the PM that he should deliver OROP to the country: Rahul Gandhi 

- I want the PM to assure me that he will address concerns on OROP: Rahul 

- Clash between police and Congress workers protesting over Rahul Gandhi's detention in Delhi.

- Rahul Gandhi taken away from Jantar Mantar, police imposes Section 144, which prohibits the assembly of more than five people.   

- We are asked to remain in the car by police, they are not telling where are they going to take us now: Rahul Gandhi

- I will continue sitting here, I'm happy; PM should apologise to what they have done to Grewal's family: Rahul  

- They are not taking me to police station; I am sitting in the car, was told they are stopping me because of section 144: Rahul Gandhi 

- Rahul Gandhi has been stopped under section 144, media reports said citing police.

- It's almost half an hour and we are still here in the car. Way the family was treated and dragged, Govt should apologise for it: Rahul Gandhi, ANI quoted Rahul Gandhi as saying.

- Rahul Gandhi says he has only one demand and that is the Modi government should apologize to subadar Grewal's family members for beating them at police station.   

- The Congress on Thursday demanded an apology from the Narendra Modi-led central government for questioning the mental state of the ex-serviceman who allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison.

- Rahul Gandhi was taken away in a police vehicle from Jantar Mantar when he was leading a protest march.

- Rahul Gandhi taken to his house and not detained, say media reports citing Delhi police. 

- Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has been detained by the Delhi police during a candle light march of his party.

- Senior Congress leaders as well as an army of party workers took part in the demonstration to highlight the government's failure to provide help to the retired army jawans and the police high-handedness.

- The party also slammed Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar over his comment on the dead retired jawan who had tragically ended his life.

- Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, who participated in the protest, accused the Modi government of “fooling people on many key issues facing the nation".

- He also slammed Union Minister General VK Singh for his comments on the dead soldier from Bhiwani, saying that he has gone against the sentiments of the defence forces by calling the retired subadar a "Congress worker".

- Terming his remarks as “shameful”, Singh said, “He (Parrikar) is a senior minister in the Modi Cabinet... a lot of things can be said about his tenure."

- Slamming the Modi government, Singh said, even the “surgical strike” of the Army was unnecessary dragged into a controversy by deliberately giving it a political colour by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, who allegedly said "it's an RSS 'shanskar'".

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