Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju called up Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi ordering him that these defence veterans should not be removed from the protest site. "I have asked the Commissioner of Police not to remove the former servicemen from Jantar Mantar and let them continue the protest," Rijiju said.

Agitating former servicemen demanding implementation of OROP were today allegedly manhandled by the police who tried to evict them on security grounds ahead of Independence Day celebrations tomorrow.

The police stated they tried to evict protesters from various outfits from Jantar Mantar in the heart of the capital following a request by civic agency New Delhi Municipal Council.

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