Tomar death case: Witness sticks to his version

Last Updated: Thu, Dec 27, 2012 10:52 hrs

New Delhi: One of the eyewitnesses, who had contradicted the police probe version on Constable Subhas Tomar's death during Sunday's violent protests, today joined investigations, saying he would stick to whatever he had said.

Yogendra, a journalism student, appeared before Delhi Police Crime Branch officials this afternoon following a notice sent to him by the Crime Branch, investigating the case, asking him to join the probe.

A controversy has erupted over the cause of death of 47-year-old Tomar during the violent demonstrations on the gangrape issue with eyewitnesses and a government hospital claiming there were no injuries on his person while the post-mortem report contradicted these versions.

"I am under no pressure. I was asked to come here. I will say what I have been saying," Yogendra told reporters.

Police have sent notices to Yogendra and Paoline in connection with the investigations in the case. Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital's Medical Superintendent Dr T S Sidhu has also been asked to join the probe after he said Tomar did not suffer any external or internal injury.

The Delhi Police had yesterday released excerpts of report of the post-mortem done by a Board of Doctors in the the government-run RML Hospital which said that he died after a cardiac arrest following injuries to neck and chest produced by "blunt force impact".

However, Yogendra and Paoline had claimed that they did not spot any injuries on his person when they tried to revive him after he collapsed near India Gate.

Yogendra and Paoline, who had rushed Tomar to the hospital, had said Tomar fell down on his own.

"The truth is that he was not injured at that time. According to the medical officer too, no injuries were found that caused his death," Yogendra had said, adding he had never been associated with any party or organisation.

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