Tue, May 30, 2017 | updated 02:14 AM IST

Ex-serviceman's son hits back at VK Singh, says "my father was not from any party"

Updated: Nov 03, 2016 18:23 IST      
Ex-serviceman's son hits back at VK Singh, says "my father was not from any party"

New Delhi [India], Nov. 3 (ANI): Hitting out at Union Minister V.K. Singh's comment on his deceased father, Dilwar Singh Grewal, son of the ex-serviceman who reportedly committed suicide on Tuesday said that his father did not sacrifice his life for his own benefit, but did it for the welfare of the army veterans across the nation.

Singh had also alleged that Grewal had fought the Sarpanch elections on a ticket from Congress.

"Sarpanch election is different than regular national elections .He was not from any party, he was just working for the people. He sacrificed his life not for the family but for his co workers," said ex-serviceman son.

On Wednesday, Singh made a controversial statement as he questioned the mental health status of the Ram Kishan Grewal adding that that very issue of OROP should be kept away from politics.

"Most aspects of the OROP have been covered and that if someone complains over a few pennies and the delay of a few years, he should not be indulged," Singh said.

"It was a demand made 40 years ago and this government has fulfilled those demands. Some money was to be given, which the Reddy Commission is rectifying. If you cannot wait for that, then it is definitely wrong," he added.

Earlier today, Singh yet again gave fodder to the opposition saying that the deceased veteran was a Congress worker.

"He was a Congress worker and who fought Sarpanch election on Congress ticket. His suicide is unfortunate," he said.

The minister also raised questions about the manner in which Grewal committed suicide saying, "Also, how did he procure Sulpha tablets and who gave it to him?"

In response, the Congress asserted that the Centre is hard at work to tarnish the memory of the ex-serviceman.

"Modiji has unleashed the full might of Gen V.K.Singh, M.L.Khattar, Anil Vij & Co. to tarnish the memory of Subedar Ramkishan. Utterly deplorable," Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said.

One Rank One Pension, a longstanding demand of ex-servicemen, grants retired armed forces personnel pension parity with officers and jawans of the same rank who are retiring now.

The ex-serviceman had participated in protests over OROP and his fellow-protesters today asked leaders not to politicise the issue. A group of ex-servicemen say the OROP scheme implemented by the government last year fails to meet key expectations.

Grewal consumed poison on Tuesday. However, the cause behind his suicide is yet to be ascertained.

The 69-year-old former jawan was protesting over the OROP issue at Jantar Mantar in Delhi when he committed suicide on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day mortal remains of Grewal, who committed suicide over the OROP issue were consigned to flames as his last rites were perfumed at his native village in Bhiwani, Haryana. (ANI)

Naxals torched mobile tower in Bihar's Jamui

Updated: May 30, 2017 02:12 IST     

Jamui (Bihar), May 30 (ANI): At least thirty to forty Naxals set ablaze a mobile tower, three kilometers away from a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp in Bihar's Jamui district.

Full Story >>

Najma Heptulla appointed Jamia Milia Islamia's new Chancellor

Updated: May 30, 2017 00:54 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 30 (ANI): Manipur governor and former minority affairs minister Najma Heptulla has been appointed as the first woman chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia university.

Full Story >>

Nalcha (Tripura) [India], May 30 (ANI): Tripura is known to be one of the major bamboo producing states in India.

Full Story >>

Udhampur (Jammu and Kashmir), May 29 (ANI): Life has got difficult for students of a school in Kasuri area of Udhampur district in Jammu and Kashmir after strong thunderstorm has blown roof of the school, forcing the children to study under open sky.

Full Story >>

PM Modi meets German Chancelor Merkel at Schloss Meseberg

Updated: May 29, 2017 23:41 IST     

Brandenburg [Germany], May 29 (ANI): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday met German Chancelor Angela Merkel at Schloss Meseberg, the official State Guest House of Germany.

Full Story >>

Uttarakhand: Bike-borne assailant throws acid on girl

Updated: May 29, 2017 23:41 IST     

Haridwar (Uttarakhand) [India], May 29, (ANI): An unidentified bike-borne assailant threw acid on a girl in Uttarakhand's Haridwar for allegedly filing a complaint against him for harassing her.

Full Story >>

Nagaland: Five injured in grenade blast

Updated: May 29, 2017 22:30 IST     

Dimapur (Nagaland), May 29 (ANI): As many as five persons were injured after a grenade that was lobbed at a chemist shop blasted here on Monday.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], May 29 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee presented the Malti Gyan Peeth Puraskars for the year 2017 today at a function held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Full Story >>

Hyderabad rehab shocker: Victim shifted to Kasturba Home

Updated: May 29, 2017 22:04 IST     

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], May 29 (ANI): Soon after reports of mistreatment of a young woman in a rehab centre came to light, the victim was shifted to Kasturba Home in Kumar Pallu on Monday.

Full Story >>

Kerala CM urges counterparts to oppose Centre's cattle rule

Updated: May 29, 2017 22:01 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 29, (ANI): Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday urged the Chief Ministers of other states to raise their voices against restrictions imposed on cattle trade, while saying that the Centre's 'anti-democratic' notification is an attempt to usurp the state governments' powers in the guise of rules under a Central Act.

Full Story >>

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], May 29 (ANI): The Meteorological Department on Monday said that Cyclone Mora which will be hitting Bangladesh by tomorrow morning is not expected to bring any immediate danger to India.

Full Story >>

Berlin (Germany), May 29 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday announced an ex-gratia relief of Rs. one lakh to the next of the kin of e-rickshaw driver beaten to death for espousing the social cause of Swachha Bharat.

Full Story >>

India, Fiji sign MoU on defence cooperation

Updated: May 29, 2017 21:05 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 29 (ANI): In an endeavour to strengthen defence ties between India and Fiji, the two nations on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on defence cooperation.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], May 29 (ANI): North Eastern Council (NEC) chairman and Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh on Monday assured all members at the 66th Plenary of North Eastern Council that development of the region is amongst foremost priorities of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government.

Full Story >>

Youth have great role to make India Vishwa Guru: Rajnath

Updated: May 29, 2017 21:03 IST     

Kurukshetra (Haryana), [India], May 29 (ANI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has called upon the youth to abide by the values in all situations of life, which will make them winner and help them achieve anything in life.

Full Story >>

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], May 29 (ANI): Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao on Monday appointed chairpersons for eight state-owned Corporations.

Full Story >>

Earthquake tremors felt in parts of Jammu

Updated: May 29, 2017 20:42 IST     

Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir), [India], May 29 (ANI): Tremors of an earthquake were felt in parts of Jammu on Monday.

Full Story >>

Two killed, six injured in car accident in Shimla

Updated: May 29, 2017 20:37 IST     

Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) [India], May 29 (ANI): Two students met their fatal end as an Omani van carrying four students and three adults met with an accident here in Jutogh.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], May 29, (ANI): Condemning the Kerala incident where the youth Congress workers butchered a calf publically, the Congress Party on Monday dubbed the misconduct as 'reprehensible', while stating that the party does not support any kind of violence and barbarism.

Full Story >>

It's important to do what you like, asserts ISC topper

Updated: May 29, 2017 20:25 IST     

Kolkata (West Bengal), May 29 (ANI): Ananya Maity, who emerged as the ISC class XII all India topper with 99.5 percent on Monday asserted that she did well because she chose subjects which she loved to read.

Full Story >>