Twice today - in the afternoon and then again in the evening- opposition leader Rahul Gandhi was detained by the Delhi police as he tried to meet with the family of the army veteran who committed suicide allegedly over an insufficient pension. "Did I make a mistake by offering condolences to the family?" asked Mr Gandhi after he was freed at night.
Earlier today, Rahul was stopped close to the gates of the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and then taken to the Mandir Marg Police station.
Gandhi along with other Congress leaders, including Jyotiraditya Scindia and Ajay Maken were bundled into a police van and taken to the Tilak Marg police station.They were detained for around 70 minutes before being released.
He was freed at 8.15 pm, and said the government must apologise to the Subedar's relatives for detaining them "on a day that was the hardest for them".
In the afternoon, Gandhi was filmed on a cellphone rebuking the police. "Have you no shame," Rahul Gandhi said to the cops, asking them how they could justify action against the son of an army veteran fighting for his rights.
Pointing to Grewal's son and brother, Rahul demanded their release and termed their detention as "shameful"
"What is your name? You think the family of India's martyr should be arrested? Do you not feel ashamed?," Rahul asked one senior police official when he turned down Congress Vice President's request to release the family members of the deceased.
A political storm has erupted over the development, as parties are making a beeline to meet the victims' family and are facing massive resistance from the Delhi Police, who are carting away the leaders in droves.
Issuing a statement in its defence, the Delhi Police asserted that they were reduced to detaining political leaders as they had to take law and order into consideration.
"During protest by Political parties at RML Hospital today, none has been arrested. When leaders along with the crowd started gathering at RML and Medical services got severely affected and orderliness deteriorated, the police requested them to move away. Despite several requests when they didn't move and refused, the leaders and protesting followers were removed to Police stations and detained. All concerned are requested to help Delhi Police in maintaining peace and orderliness," the statement added.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was also detained at Lady Harding hospital, while he was leaving to meet Grewal's son.
He tweeted that he has been detained by police but has no idea where they are taking him.
Kejriwal told journalists at the site that "Modi Raj" was not permitting a chief minister to meet the family of a soldier who was dead.
"Spoke to his (Grewal's) son just now. He said he was manhandled by police. They have been detained in CP (Connaught Place) police station. Am going there now to meet family," Kejriwal tweeted.
It was just after that the AAP leader said police had blocked his car.
The death of Subedar Ram Kishen Grewal, 65, who drank poison at a government building on Tuesday has corralled opposition leaders into attacking the government for failing to implement the One-Rank-One-Pension (OROP) scheme.
The OROP program is to ensure equalize pensions for all servicemen who served at the same rank and for the same amount of time. The government approved of the new policy last year, but it has yet to be correctly implemented, say army officers.
The Delhi Police tweeted that it was forced to act when leaders ignored orders to move away from the Ram Manhoar Lohia (RML) Hospital. "Medical services got severely affected and orderliness deteriorated," the police claimed, adding that patients' safety was at risk.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that "the police will do what it has to".