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Cop hurt in rape protest succumbs
New Delhi, Dec 25, 2012 , DHNS 2:40 IST
A 46-year-old Delhi Police constable on Tuesday succumbed to injuries sustained during the weekend protests over gang-rape of the physiotherapist.
Subhash Chand Tomar, who lived with his family at Meet Nagar in Gokalpur, had been on ventilator at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital since Sunday evening. Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar said Tomar suffered critical internal injuries in his neck, chest and abdomen. “With deep regret, we have to inform you that constable Subhash Chand Tomar succumbed to injuries at 6:40 am on Tuesday,” Kumar said.
Doctors at the hospital said Tomar was a heart patient, though Kumar denied it to be the reason behind his death. He said post-mortem report will reveal the exact details.
Tomar’s body was handed over to his family after the post-mortem at Lady Hardinge Medical College.
He was cremated at Nigambodh Ghat on the banks of the Yamuna. Kumar said eight people, who took part in the protest at India Gate, have been detained and a case has been filed with Tilak Marg police station.
“They were booked for attempt to murder, rioting and destruction of public property, but due to the constable’s death they will now face murder charge under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code,” Kumar added.
On whether the police have visual evidence against the accused, Kumar said they have evidence and teams are working on it.
The accused include Chaman Singh, who is associated with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). The others are Shankar Bisht, Nand, Shantanu, Kailash Joshi, Amit Joshi, Abhishek and Nafees Ahmad.
All get bail
All of them got bail on Tuesday after Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal’s close aide Manish Sisodia furnished the bond.
Kejriwal said the police were implicating innocent people in Tomar’s death. He said the police have not been able to arrest anti-social elements responsible for the violence.
Tomar is survived by wife Amrish Devi, daughter Jyoti, 24 and sons Deepak, 22 and Sonu, 18. Deepak held hooligans among the protesters responsible for his father’s death.
“My father stood strong when hooligans broke through the police barricades and clashed with security personnel. He was severely beaten up by the mob without mercy,” Deepak said.
Tomar, an arts graduate, is a native of Sahapur Borali in Meerut. He joined Delhi Police on September 15, 1987. He was posted at Karawal Nagar police station, and was called at India Gate to maintain law and order during the protest against the gang rape of a 23-year-old physiotherapist.