Eviction of ex-servicemen is shameful: Chief Minister
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has hit out at the Centre over the removal of ex-servicemen protesting at Jantar Mantar in Delhi and described the incident as "shameful".
"#OROP (one rank one pension) crackdown by evicting Armed Forces veterans by Delhi Police from Jantar Mantar is shameful," Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle.
Several ex-servicemen, demanding the implementation of 'One Rank, One Pension' or OROP, were forcibly evicted from Jantar Mantar yesterday following a National Green Tribunal (NGT) order banning protests and dharnas around the historic monument.
The army veterans have been protesting at Jantar Mantar for more than two years.
Drawing reference to the West Bengal BJP hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the Gurez Valley earlier this month and stating that the soldiers at the borders "are an extended part of his (Modi's) family", Banerjee further described the incident as "unfortunate".
"Calling Army extended family in Kashmir and then using brutal force on the 'extended family' in Delhi is very unfortunate," the chief minister, who is on a two-day trip to Mumbai, added.
The Chief Minister has always stood by family members of any Defence personnel from the state martyred while fighting for the country. She has also extended all support to family members of policemen who stay away from their families to ensure safety and security of ordinary citizens. Jobs were being provided to both wife and father of sub-inspector Amitava Malik, who was shot dead during an ambush with bodyguards of Bimal Gurung in Darjeeling a few weeks ago.