Delhi cop death: No bruises on Tomar's body, says doctor

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 26, 2012 08:27 hrs
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New Delhi: Doctors, who treated Subhash Tomar at the Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital here, on Wednesday clarified that the Delhi Police constable had no major external injury.

"No major injury marks found on constable's body. The constable had no pulse when he came to the hospital. Constable's right knee was injured, had bruises," said RML Hospital's Medical Superintendent Dr T.S Sidhu.

"He was brought here in a total collapsed stage," Dr Sidhu told the media.

"He had already suffered a cardiac arrest and had almost no pulse. We revived him and shifted him to the ICU and he was put on ventilator," he added.

Asked if there was any internal bleeding, Sidhu said: "The x-ray did not show internal bleeding."

But he added that he would make a final comment only after going through the post-mortem examination report.

An eyewitness account and pictures from the scene reportedly contradict the Delhi Police version that the constable was assaulted by the protestors at the India Gate.

Delhi Police, however, refused to comment on the eyewitness's claims, saying it would be able to speak on the issue only after receiving the post-mortem report.

"The doctors, who conducted the post-mortem of Constable Subhash Tomar have told us that there were injuries on stomach, chest and neck. And post-mortem report will only tell the cause of death and before we get the post-mortem any comment on the cause of death will be pre-mature," said Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat.

"Therefore, we request not to make it an issue before we get any post-mortem report. We have not declared any cause of death so far, we are waiting for the post-mortem report," he added.

Police had earlier asserted that Tomar was badly beaten up near India Gate during street protests Sunday against the gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman who remains in critical condition.

Police also said that the constable, who joined Delhi Police in 1987, was injured in chest, neck and head and that protesters had kicked and punched him after he fell on the street.

The policeman was cremated Tuesday with state honours.

Yogendra, who claims to be an eyewitness to Tomar's injury during the gang-rape protests at the India Gate here, has said that the constable was not assaulted by protestors but simply collapsed while walking.

"He wasn't trampled by the protestors, he wasn't assaulted. He just collapsed while walking. There was a girl with me at that time. We both saw him lying on the ground, and then I picked him up and took him to the hospital in a police van," said Yogendra.

"I don't what they (Delhi Police) are saying, but what I am speaking is the truth," he added.

Delhi Police has booked eight people in connection with constable Tomar's case.

According to reports, the crime branch will now probe constable Tomar's death.

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