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Bhiwani (Haryana), 03 Nov 2016 : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday announced Rs 1 crore financial assistance to the family of a retired soldier who killed himself demanding the OROP’s implementation.

“We are giving Rs 1 crore to the family of Ram Kishan (Grewal) whom we consider a martyr,” Kejriwal told journalists here after the cremation and in presence of the dead man’s son Jaswant.

The Aam Aadmi Party leader said Grewal’s last words to his family on Tuesday “proved he was a brave soldier. He lived for the country and died for the country too.

“The whole nation will now continue to fight for the implementation of OROP and we will force the government to implement it for our soldiers,” he added.

Kejriwal quickly added that the money being given as compensation — in line with a Delhi government policy — was a small amount and meant to be a gesture for martyrs.

Kejriwal, who was detained for seven hours by police in Delhi on Wednesday when he tried to meet Grewal’s family, was critical of the way the police treated the grieving family.

The late Grewal’s son Jaswant, standing by Kejriwal, again alleged that police personnel kicked and abused them before taking them to a police station where they were kept for hours.

“The police did not listen to our pleas,” an emotional Jaswant said. “They kicked us, they abused us.”

Jaswant said the government should implement the One Rank One Pension scheme without delay and “no one else should suffer the way we have… We are in pain.”

Asked about allegations that he was doing politics over Grewal’s death, Kejriwal replied: “Yes, we are doing politics. We are doing politics to secure the soldiers’ rights and the central government is doing politics to cheat the soldiers.”

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PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti released from detention after 14 months

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Jammu, 13 Oct : Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti was on Tuesday released from detention. “PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti is being released from detention,” said Jammu and Kashmir administration spokesperson Rohit Kansal.

A government order issued on Tuesday night said her detention was being revoked with immediate effect.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration in July had extended her detention by three months under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA).

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Swimming pools for training of sportspersons to open with SOP from Oct 15

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SAD breaks alliance with BJP Leaves NDA in protest against farmers ordinance

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Chandigarh, 26 Sep : The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has severed its alliance with the BJP. The Akali Dal had a 22-year-old alliance with the BJP.

The decision was taken after a meeting of the Akali Dal’s Kaur Committee which lasted for more than four hours today. Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal addressed the press after the meeting and announced that he would no longer be a part of BJP-NDA.

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