Social media users erupt in anger on ‘appalling’ treatment of India’s army veterans protesting for OROP


Delhi police on Friday arrived at Jantar Mantar, the venue for ex-servicemen’s protests over One Rank One Pension for nearly two months now, to evict the protesting soldiers arguing that it was necessary ahead of the security for Independence Day’s celebrations.

As expected, the incensed soldiers refused to budge and the scuffle followed. In the process, the soldiers complained they were meted out humiliating treatment by the members of Delhi police.

Delhi police justified its action, but the social media simply erupted in anger. From celebrities to non-BJP politicians, all condemned the action of Delhi Police, which reports to the BJP-led central government.

Bollywood music director, Vishal Dadlani tweeted asking people why they were not angry over the shabby treatment given to those who protected Indian all their life.

His tweet read;

Vishal, who’s usually very vocal on political issues, posted several tweet related to this incident. Two of his earlier tweets from this morning read:

The photo of a soldier that the music director said made him cry was of  Grenadier Bhishambar, who had his shirt torn following scuffle with police.

TV personality Raghu Ram too took to micro blogging site to express his disgust and anger on the treatment meted out to soldiers. But after his initial tweets, he said that he will cheer loudly and appreciate central government if it announced the OROP on Independence Day.

As for politicians, the Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal minced no words when he tweeted this;

In his next tweet, Kejriwal said that the way soldiers’ peaceful protests were forcibly crushed, it was evident that the NDA had started behaving like UPA .

Among other politicians, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi reached Jantar Mantar to express his solidarity with the protesting soldiers. He asked PM Modi to announce a date for implementing what was his big election promise.

OROP remained top twitter trend for most part of Friday. Soon, the central government realised the gravity of what many would say ill-advised action on Friday morning. Reports quoting the Union Information and Broadcasting Minister, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (himself an ex-soldier) and India’s defence minister, Manohar Parrikar said that government was actively thinking of announcing OROP soon. There was also a suggestion that this could be announced by Modi from his Independence Day speech on 15 August.

Here are some of the other notable comments on OROP following the attempts to forcibly evict soldiers from Jantar Mantar on Friday.