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I'm Near India Gate... Have Consumed Poison: Veteran's Last Call to Son

Edited By: Nitya Thirumalai

News18.com

Last Updated: November 02, 2016, 21:14 IST

Distraught family members of the deceased veteran.

Distraught family members of the deceased veteran.

I am sitting near India Gate and I have consumed poison: These were Subedar Ram Kishan Grewal’s last words to his family before the ex-servicemen allegedly killed himself on Tuesday evening.

New Delhi: I am sitting near India Gate and I have consumed poison. These were Subedar Ram Kishan Grewal’s last words to his family before the ex-servicemen allegedly killed himself on Tuesday evening.

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"The government is doing injustice to jawans and I can’t tolerate this.I am a man of principle. I am sacrificing my life for the betterment my family, ex-soldiers and my nation,” 70-year-old Grewal is heard saying in an audio clip of the conversation.

Listen: Ram Kishan Grewal's last phone call



Ram Kishan Grewal's son Kulwant Grewal confirmed to CNN-News18 that the phone conversation took place between his father and brother.

In the audio clip, the veteran is also heard telling his son that he consumed two to three tablets five minutes before he made the phone call.

Grewal was reportedly drawing Rs 23,000 as pension as against Rs 28,000 he would be entitled to under one-rank, one-pension scheme. He had written a letter to the Defence Ministry describing his plight but the government denied receiving any such letter.

Grewal, from Haryana's Bhiwani district, allegedly consumed poison in the lawns behind the Jawahar Bhavan, which houses the Ministry of External Affairs, on Tuesday evening.

Police said he along with three of his companions had come to the city apparently to submit a memorandum to the Defence Ministry over the issue of OROP.

first published:November 02, 2016, 19:22 IST
last updated:November 02, 2016, 21:14 IST