Sunday, October 18, 2015
OROP: Protesting ex-servicemen claim police harassment
UFESM, a conglomerate of various organisations of retired defence personnel, has been spearheading the protest seeking implementation of One Rank, One Pension' (OROP) scheme.
"The three had gone to South Block when they were intercepted by two cops. They asked them to come to the police station with them. However, they refused to go with them," Kaul said, adding that the trio were among those sitting on fast-unto-death.
Kaul claimed the police also offered to drop the trio back to Jantar Mantar, but they declined. "We think the cops belonged to Parliament Street police station but they refused to reveal their identity... The cops backed off when Col Pushpendra Singh confronted them and asked whether they had any written notice from their superiors which required the veterans to report to the police station," Group Captain VK Gandhi, general secretary of Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement (IESM) and convenor of UFESM, said.
Major Gen (retd) Satbir Singh, one of the negotiators with the government on OROP and chairman of IESM, alleged that he was being tailed by unidentified persons. He claimed cars of those protesting at Jantar Mantar were also being photographed by police. "The other day someone was following my car. The cops photographed the cars of those sitting on the fast at Jantar Mantar and the functionaries of UFESM. There is a pressure on us to end the fast," Singh said.
UFESM today raked up the Dadri lynching incident and demanded a grievance redressal mechanism for the servicemen and their families in the wake of killing of the father of an Air Force corporal. Their demand included formation of a Veterans Commission and passage of the Convenant for the Armed Forces legislation.
(Source- IBN Live)