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Ex-Serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal Who Committed Suicide Only Wanted ₹5,000 More From The Govt

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03/11/2016 10:16 AM IST | Updated 03/11/2016 1:05 PM IST
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Ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal, who committed suicide over the government's one rank one pension (OROP) scheme at the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Tuesday, reportedly wanted his monthly pension to be increased by ₹5,000 under the scheme.

According to a report in The Indian Express, Grewal wanted his pension to be increased according to the Sixth and Seventh Pay Commissions along with arrears due with the overall implementation of OROP.

Grewal had served in the Territorial Army for six years and in the Defence Security Corps (DSC) for 24 years, and had been drawing a pension of ₹24,999 per month after retiring from the DSC.

But Grewal's family told Express that he was entitled to receive ₹30,000 per month under the new OROP scheme.

Ministry sources said that the discrepancy had occurred because of an error in calculation by the State Bank of India branch in Bhiwani district in Haryana, and the matter was being looked into.

Forensic experts have taken charge of Grewal's body and are conducting a postmortem at the Lady Hardinge Hospital in New Delhi.

Media reports suggest that he consumed poison during the protest which led to his death.

The last rites for Grewal, who was the first Dalit sarpanch of his panchayat in Haryana, will be performed in his hometown, Bhiwani, today.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, TMC Leader Derek O'Brien, and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will reportedly attend his funeral.

Following Grewal's suicide, Rahul Gandhi, Kejriwal and other opposition leaders were on Wednesday prevented from entering the Ram Manohar Lohia hospital to meet Grewal's family.

The police detained the Congress Vice President twice and he was finally released late in the evening. The police also restricted Kejriwal's movements before he was briefly detained. Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia was kept in custody for close to 10 hours.

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(With inputs from PTI)

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