A fresh controversy on Wednesday arose over the cause of death of constable Subhash Tomar during the violent demonstrations last Sunday with a government hospital and eyewitnesses contradicting the police version that he sustained injuries in the attack by protesters.
Different stories surrounding his death and the causes for it emerged on Wednesday.
Dr T S Sidhu, Medical Superintendent of Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital where Tomar was brought for treatment, said, "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."
The doctor said there was no "major external injury marks except for some cuts and bruises".
Asked whether it was a case of cardiac arrest, the doctor said, "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."
A journalism student Yogendra, who claimed to be an eye-witness, contradicted police version that Constable Tomar was beaten up by protesters leading to his death, saying he fell down on his own.
Yogendra said Tomar collapsed while chasing the protesters on a street leading to India Gate.
"He wasn't assaulted or trampled," Yogendra told television news channels. "He fell on his own while chasing the crowd. In fact many protesters came to help him."
Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said doctors who have conducted the post-mortem told them that he had suffered internal injuries.
"Doctors who conducted the post mortem of Tomar had told us that there were injuries in stomach, chest and neck and post-mortem report will only tell the cause of death.
"If we give any comment before we read the report, it will be premature. Therefore, we request you not to make it an issue. We haven't declare the cause of death so far," he said.
After questions were raised, Delhi Police assigned its Crime Branch to investigate the case in which murder charges have been invoked.
Delhi Police summons doctor who contradicted their version
Delhi Police on Wednesday asked the Medical Superintendent of Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital to appear before them after the post-mortem of constable Subhash Tomar contradicted his version that the cop did not suffer any injuries.
A senior police official said they have issued a notice to Dr T S Sidhu, asking him to appear before them with all medical records of Mr Tomar who died on Tuesday after battling for life for three days.
Sidhu had said that Mr Tomar had "no major external injury" except for some cuts and bruises or "(no) severe internal injuries".
However, the post-mortem report said the 46-year-old constable died due to cardiac arrest caused by injuries he suffered on his chest and neck "produced by blunt impact".
Constable was hit by a blunt object, his ribs were fractured: Post mortem report
Tomar died due to cardiac arrest caused by injuries he suffered on his chest and neck "produced by blunt impact", post mortem report said on Wednesday giving Delhi Police relief amid doubts about the cause of his death.
The post mortem report contradicts assertions by Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr T S Sidhu that Tomar had "no major external injury" except for some cuts and bruises or "(no) severe internal injuries".
The report said 47-year-old Tomar's third, fourth and fifth ribs on left side had fractures and there was "mid-calibaculur bleeding" at several places.
The cause of death reported by a Medical Board constituted by the hospital for the post mortem said, "myocardial infarction and its implication that could be precipitated by multiple ante-mortem (before death) injuries to neck and chest produced by blunt force impact."
Sources said effusion 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.
Elaborating on the report, Additional Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) K C Dwivedi said it noted that there were injuries on his chest, neck, legs because of which he had a cardiac arrest and he died.
"He had a lot of injuries. His ribs had fractures. These multiple injuries aggravated his condition and led to cardiac arrest," Dwivedi said.
The Delhi Police released excerpts of report of the post mortem done by a Board of Doctors in the the government Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) hospital.
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.
Constable died of injuries, had no heart problem: Family
With doubts being raised about the cause of the death of a constable during protests at India Gate, his family on Wednesday refuted the claims of an eye-wtiness, 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 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.
Blaming the protesters for Tomar's death, his son Deepak had on Tuesday alleged that protesters brutally beat up his father.
"The public is responsible for this because they beat him up so badly. Can they return my father?" he said.
Tomar's brother Yudhveer Singh had also echoed similar views and said, "What was his fault? He was only doing his job and now he is no more."
The policeman's another brother Devinder Singh had said, "His family has no other source of income. He was very committed to his duty."
Constable's death: Delhi Police fail to provide evidence
Delhi Police on Wednesday failed to provide evidence in court against the eight youth arrested for attempt to murder constable Subhash Chand Tomar.
Police failed to prove their claims in a district court that the eight youth were involved in the incident due to lack of any CCTV footage or eyewitness in favour of their allegations.
Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar said that eight people were arrested from the spot where the constable fell near India Gate in central Delhi.
The accused, who got bail after their arrest Dec 23, claim they were picked up by police from different places in the capital.
Amit Joshi, his brother Kailash Joshi, Nafees Ahmed, Shankar, Aam Admi Party activist Chaman Kumar, Shantanu, Nand Kumar and Abhishekh live in different areas in Delhi.
At the time of the incident, only Nafees was near India Gate where Tomar was found unconscious.
Amit and Kailash Joshi Wednesday moved an application in court to preserve CCTV footage of a Delhi Metro train Dec 23 because at the time of the incident, they were in the train.
Two accused take alibi plea, want Metro CCTV footage preserved
On the pleas of two men accused of a constable's death during a protest, a Delhi court on Wednesday issued notices to Delhi Metro and police for preserving CCTV footage of Rithala and Rajiv Chowk stations of Dec 23.
Metropolitan Magistrate Navita Kumari issued the notice on the pleas of brothers Kailash Joshi and Amit Joshi who were arrested after the violent protest at India Gate against the gang-rape of a woman in Delhi on Dec 16.
The two moved the court saying that they were in a metro train when the incident happened, and the CCTV footage of the Metro stations of Dec 23 should be preserved to allow them to give evidence.
Delhi Metro and police were told to respond by Thursday.
Counsel Somnath Bharti, appearing for the accused, told the court: "I have one request, two of the accused were travelling in the metro when the incident happened. Its footage has to be preserved as it is important evidence."
Besides the two brothers, six others - Nafees, Shankar Bisht, Nand Kumar, Shantanu Kumar, Abhishek and Chaman Kumar have been named as accused for allegedly taking part in the protest Dec 23 in which constable Subhash Chand Tomar, 47, got injured, and died Dec 25.
The court granted bail to all accused Dec 24.
All accused were booked for murder and the probe was handed over to the crime branch.
The first information report (FIR) said the eight accused indulged in violent protest in which over 20 buses and other government vehicles were damaged.
According to the FIR, constable Tomar was badly injured in the protest.
Be patient, says government on constable's death
The government on Wednesday urged people to "be patient" and let the investigation into the death of a Delhi policeman after a gang-rape protest reach its logical conclusion.
"The investigation is underway. Everybody needs to be patient. We are taking all the steps that are necessary to take this matter to its logical conclusion," Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said after a cabinet meeting.
"We are working towards making all the cities in the country safer for our sisters and mothers," he added.
"A case has been registered. The matter is under investigation," Finance Minister P.Chidambaram said.
"My appeal to everyone is, a person has died in a situation where a serious criminal offence has been registered. We must observe restraint in commenting on the incident," Chidambaram added.
Crime Branch to probe dead constable case
The Delhi Police on Wednesday shifted the investigation into the death of a policeman during the recent protests in the capital to the crime branch, an official said on Wednesday.
S.B.S. Tyagi, deputy commissioner of police (crime) told IANS: "By today (Wednesday) or tomorrow (Thursday) we will get the official order (in connection with handing the case to the crime branch)."
BJP demands judicial inquiry into constable's death
Amid a controversy over circumstances of death of constable Subhash Tomar, Delhi BJP on Wednesday demanded a judicial inquiry into the isssue and accused the government of covering up its "mistakes and failures".
"The way Home Minister, Home Secretary, Delhi Chief Minister, Delhi Police Commissioner, SDM Vivek Vihar and the doctor who made preliminary examination of the constable's body were giving contradictory statements, it seems that all are hatching a grave conspiracy. This conspiracy may only be exposed by judicial enquiry," Delhi BJP Chief Vijender Gupta said.
He alleged that the government and the police were behaving in an "immoral way to cover up their mistakes and failures".
Gupta, while questioning Delhi Police Chief Neeraj Kumar's statement to media about the cause of constable's death, said "without submission of post mortem examination report, Police Commissioner gave a statement to the media yesterday that the cause of Tomar's death was injury to his chest and stomach."
Gupta said he had termed the constable's death as murder and a case would be filed for murder against eight persons.
"It shows that in order to cover up its mistakes, the police want to implicate innocent young men in a murder case. Hence, it is necessary to have impartial and high-level judicial inquiry into this case. Only such an inquiry can find out the truth," he said.
The BJP leader also accused Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit of "playing politics" and hatching conspiracy against Kumar and Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde.
"Delhi Government is also trying to take political advantage of the demonstrations.
"The way she allowed her letter to Home Minister to be leaked, it seems that she wants to make the demonstration and death of the policeman as a tool for her political game. She is neither worried about the victim nor about the constable's death. It is shameful for the Government to behave in such immoral way," Gupta alleged.
He demanded that the government, administration and Delhi Police should stop playing games in the gang rape incident and Tomar's death case.
Gupta also demanded that the report of preliminary examination after the death of Tomar should be made public.
Tomar is survived by his wife and three children - two sons and a daughter.
Meanwhile, a tweet war has broken out about the case. Here are some samples -
Abhijit Majumder @abhijitmajumder
Doctors confirm that constable Subhash Tomar died of cardio-pulmonary arrest. He had no external or internal injuries. Govt giving it a spin
Arvind Kejriwal @ArvindKejriwal7
Rajdeep n Barkha - do u agree u shud have done better verification before reporting serious injuries on Subhash Tomar?
barkha dutt @BDUTT
So now Constable Subhash Tomar's death is going to be politicised as a pro/anti government matter? have we lost all our humanity?
Abhijit Majumder @abhijitmajumder
India had remarkable Home Ministers. Patel, Indira, Shastri, Advani, Chidu. And those with 1 core strength: Sycophancy. Buta, Patil, Shinde
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