The former serviceman, who was identified as Ram Kishan Grewal, 65, was a jawan from Bhiwani district in Haryana.
In his note, he stated that he was taking this extreme step for the Indian soldiers and their betterment.
Delhi: Ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Garehwal (who was protesting at Jantar Mantar) allegedly commits suicide over OROP issue pic.twitter.com/xP4VlRldxE— ANI (@ANI_news) November 2, 2016
Further, his family is blaming the Centre for his death as the government had paid no heed to his demands.
He called us & informed he is committing suicide as the Govt has failed to fulfil their demands related to OROP: Son of Ram Kishan Garehwal pic.twitter.com/37WwsnBOao— ANI (@ANI_news) November 2, 2016
In his letter to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Grewal had pointed out that under the OROP scheme, his pension was still low, while that of his former colleagues, who had the same rank as him, had gotten more pension because of few discrepancies.
He then pointed out that there were many others soldiers like him who didn’t get a hike in their pension despite the introduction of OROP. Since, Grewal’s death, the political climate has once again started heating up in Delhi.
While Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal via his tweets lashed out at the Centre and PM Modi for “lying” when he spoke about implementing OROP.
V sad. Soldiers fighting on border against external enemy n fighting within for their rights. Whole nation shud stand up for their rights https://t.co/deRYUV9J0y— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) November 2, 2016
इसका मतलब प्रधानमंत्री जी झूठ बोल रहे हैं की OROP लागू कर दिया। OROP लागू हो जाता तो राम किशन जी को आत्महत्या क्यों करनी पड़ती? https://t.co/d9MPJjkf5A— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) November 2, 2016
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar meanwhile has expressed shock over Grewal’s death and has asked his officials to provide more details.
Saddened by the death of Subdr. Ram Kishan Grewal. I express my heartfelt condolences. I have asked for officials to provide me details.— Manohar Parrikar (@manoharparrikar) November 2, 2016
The OROP scheme has been in debate for many years. Earlier this year, after a long-standing demand, the government had finally passed the scheme after few tweaks, which ensured that a uniform pension is paid to the defence personnel who retire at the same rank, irrespective of their date of retirement.