Crime Branch to probe Constable's death during protests - The New Indian Express

Crime Branch to probe Constable's death during protests

Published: 26th December 2012 01:46 PM

Last Updated: 26th December 2012 02:06 PM

After questions were raised over the cause of a Constable's death during violent protests last Sunday, the Delhi Police today assigned its Crime Branch to investigate the case in which murder charges have been invoked.

Constable Subhash Tomar (47) died yesterday, three days after suffering injuries at India Gate where violence had erupted during protests against the gangrape of a 23-year-old girl in a moving bus in south Delhi on December 16, police had said.

"The case has been transfered to the Crime Branch," Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said. He did not provide reasons for transfering the case from New Delhi district police to the Crime Branch.

However, sources claimed that New Delhi district police will be busy in the coming days with regard to preparations for the Republic Day parade and maintaining law and order.

Questions were raised over the cause of Tomar's death with a journalism student, who claimed to be an eye-witness, countering the police version that the Constable was injured in the violence.

The police have slapped murder charges in the case.

Earlier, eight persons were arrested on Monday on charges of attempt to murder.

Yesterday, Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar had said that Tomar had suffered internal injuries in neck, chest and stomach and the police were waiting for post-mortem report for the exact cause of death.

'No major external injury on Tomar's body'

However doctors today ruled out the police claim saying the constable's body had no "major external injury" except for some cuts and bruises when he was brought to a hospital in a state of "total collapse" on Sunday

"He came in a state of total collapse and our doctors revived him and as he was not stable, we shifted him to the Intensive Care Unit. He was on ventilator," Dr T S Sidhu, Medical Superintendent of Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital here, said.

He said there was no "major external injury marks except for some cuts and bruises".

Asked whether is it was a case of cardiac arrest, the doctor evaded a direct reply.

"I don't know. That is not my comment. He came, he was in serious shock and we revived him. In all our records, there are no severe internal injuries recorded but the post-mortem will tell everything," he said.

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