OROP protest: 4 veterans stay atop water tower in Delhi for 10 hrs


Four retired non-commissioned officers today threatened to jump off a water tower near old Delhi railway station over the issue of One Rank One Pension (OROP), several hours before they came down from the structure on assurance from defence ministry officials, police said.

Four members of ‘Sabka Sainik Sangharsh Samiti’ climbed the water tower around 8 AM and threatened to jump off it, but with police intervention, they were pacified and eight-ten people who were accompanying them were taken to the office of Ministry of Defence to meet the officers and put forth their demands, said a senior police officer.

Those who had climbed the water tower have been identified as Gurcharan Singh, Kabal Singh, Satpal Singh and Kartar Singh and they had come from Punjab, said the officer.

They had climbed the water tank around 8 AM and even threatened to commit suicide by jumping off the tank, the officer added.

Later a meeting was facilitated between the members of the body and the ministry officials by the police and the four men got down from the water tower around 6 PM, police said.

“They thanked us for facilitating the meeting and left for their hometown after the delegation that had gone to meet ministry officials apprised them about the meeting and assured them that they had got a patient hearing from the concerned officials,” the officer said.