Tomar had injuries, says post mortem as row rages over death

A controversy raged today over the cause of death of Constable Subhash Tomar during violent demonstrations last Sunday with eyewitnesses and a government hospital claiming there were no injuries on his person while the post mortem report contradicted these versions.

Published: 26th December 2012 06:53 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th December 2012 11:00 PM   |  A+A-

Police constable - PTI

A controversy raged today over the cause of death of Constable Subhash Tomar during violent demonstrations last Sunday with eyewitnesses and a government hospital claiming there were no injuries on his person while the post mortem report contradicted these versions.

The Delhi Police late in the evening released excerpts of report of the post mortem done by a Board of Doctors in the the government Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) hospital, where he died yesterday.

Following contradictory versions, Delhi Police asked its Crime Branch to investigate the case in which murder charges have been invoked.

"Myocardial infarction (cardiac arrest) and its complications that could be precipitated by multiple ante-mortem (before death) injuries to neck and chest produced by blunt force impact," Additional Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) K C Dwivedi said quoting from the report as the cause of 47-year-old Tomar's death.

The Delhi Police statement came on a day when various claims emerged about the cause of Tomar's death with two eye- witnesses claiming that they did not spot any injuries on his person when they tried to revive him after he collapsed near India Gate on Sunday during violent protests against the gangrape of a girl in a moving bus on December 16.

To add to this, Medical Superintendent of RML Dr T S Sidhu, said, there were "no major external injury marks except for some cuts and bruises.

..In all our records, there are no severe internal injuries recorded but the post-mortem will tell everything."

Asked whether it was a case of cardiac arrest, Sidhu said, "I don't know. That is not my comment. He came, he was in serious shock and we revived him. He came in a state of total collapse."

A journalism student Yogendra and his friend Paoline, who have rushed Tomar to the hospital, contradicted police version that the Constable was beaten up by protesters leading to his death. He fell down on his own, they said.

Yogendra claimed, "I was at India Gate with a female friend who was injured. I saw one policeman who was running after protesters and then suddenly collapsing. We rushed towards him and some policemen were also there. Suddenly, policemen started running after other protesters.

"So I rushed to a nearby PCR van. They took him to hospital. I also went in the same vehicle. I saw him in hospital and his body didn't have any injuries. He wasn't trampled by a mob, he wasn't assaulted. The claims of police are false. I am surprised to hear that eight were arrested over Tomar's death," Yogendra claimed.

Paolin said she saw him falling down. "We removed his jacket and shoes. I asked whether he can hear me and then I asked him to breathe...He was sweating profusely and there were no injuries on his body. If we had not been there, he would have been dead on the spot," she said.

Tomar's family refuted the claims of an eye-witness, saying he died after suffering injuries caused in the chaos.

"My father died because of the chaos during the protests at India Gate. Protesters pushed him, they trampled upon him.

He had internal injuries. The claims that he did not receive injuries are false," Tomar's son Aditya said.

Tomar's family claimed that the policeman did not have a history of heart problems. "Tomar was attacked by protesters.

He did not suffer from any heart-related problems," Tomar's relative Naveen Chaudhary said.

The post mortem report said Tomar's third, fourth and fifth ribs on left side had fractures and there was "mid- calibaculur bleeding" at several places.

Police sources saideffusion of blood was present in tissues and neck muscles and ante-mortem injuries were caused when the body suffered heavy blows from a blunt object.

"He had a lot of injuries. His ribs had fractures. These multiple injuries aggravated his condition and led to cardiac arrest," Dwivedi said.

Asked whether after the post mortem report, police would initiate action against doctors at RML, Dwivedi said he has no comments to offer as investigations were with Crime Branch. "I can't comment on doctors or eyewitnesses comments," he said.

Police have slapped murder charges in the case. Earlier, eight persons, including an activist of Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) were arrested on Monday on charges of attempt to murder.

Following the claims of the eye-witnesses, AAP demanded sacking of Commissioner Kumar alleging that police was misleading people by arresting eight "innocent youth" in connection with the incident.

Kejriwal said Yogendra's account was opposite of what police said. "Is police lying?" he asked.

AAP chief Spokesperson Manish Sisodia alleged police was "politicising" Tomar's death to cover their mistakes and demanded that Kumar be sacked.

"Delhi Police should have dealt with the matter with sensitivity and honoured the constable's death. But, the police have politicised the death to cover their own mistakes. We feel that the Delhi Police are involved in a conspiracy. The police commissioner should be sacked," he said.

Meanwhile, the Home Ministry has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh to the next of kin of Tomar.

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