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OROP Row: Police Prevent Rahul Gandhi From Marching to India Gate

File image of Vice-President Rahul Gandhi.   (Photo Credit:  PTI)

File image of Vice-President Rahul Gandhi. (Photo Credit: PTI)

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi was prevented from marching to India Gate to protest the suicide of an ex-serviceman, allegedly over OROP, a day after he was detained twice while trying to meet the family of the deceased soldier.

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi was on Thursday prevented from marching to India Gate to protest the suicide of an ex-serviceman, allegedly over OROP, a day after he was detained twice while trying to meet the family of the deceased soldier.

Rahul was leading a candle light march organised by the Delhi Congress unit from Jantar Mantar to India Gate when police personnel restrained him and whisked him away on a van.

He was, according to police, later dropped at a place on Feroze Shah Road, Police said.

The Congress leader, however, claimed in a tweet: "Was detained by Delhi police and taken away from Jantar Mantar."

"Police vehicle was stopped at 5, Feroze Shah Road, enroute to Tughlak Road PS," he tweeted.

"I have only one thing to say that the way the family was treated was wrong and it may affect the morale of the army. The police should at least apologise to the family," he told reporters.

A police official said the action was taken keeping Rahul's security in mind as the crowd at Jantar Mantar was swelling by the minute.

On Wednesday, Rahul was detained twice when he went to meet the family of Ram Kishan Grewal, who committed suicide over the "non-implementation" of One Rank One Pension (OROP).
first published:November 03, 2016, 20:30 IST