Injured Delhi cop dies, son blames crowd

Last Updated: Tue, Dec 25, 2012 19:50 hrs

In what is seen as a collateral damage to the Delhi gangrape protest, the police constable who was injured in controlling the mob at India Gate on Dec 23 died on Tuesday morning, with his family blaming the death on crowd even as the authorities tried to reach out with offer of a job to an adult member and compensations.

"With deep regret we have to inform you Ct Subhash Chand Tomar succumbed to his injuries at 6.40AM today," tweeted Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar in the morning.

Later he was cremated with full state honour and politicians also attended the funeral.

In the evening in a press conference Neeraj Kumar said Delhi Police would provide a job to any adult member of the family the widow of the cop suggests on compassionate ground.

"Cops of every rank in Delhi Police will donate one day´s salary also for the family. The family will also get all benefits that a cop on duty´s family usually gets. Rs 10 lakh as ex gratia compensation besides another Rs 5 lakh from Axis Bank insurance and Rs 3 lakh from police welfare funds and his life´s pension and gratuity would be provided," said Kumar.

He also gave out details of a bank account for common people to donate for the family.

He said in the post-mortem they found injuries on chest, stomach and neck leading to the death.

He said the detailed report would be available after two days but refused to comment if he died of heart attack.

While eight youths were arrested in the death during public protest, among them are member a member of Aam Admi Party (AAP) of Arvind Kejriwal.

Kejriwal later said no one should be victimised falsely in the case by police and without evidence.

Tomar was seriously injured on Sunday when the protest against the gang rape of a 23-year-old medical student turned violent violent at India Gate.

He was found lying unconscious near India Gate during the protest.

The 45-year-old Subhash Tomar was being treated at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. He was on ventilator.

According to reports, police officials said Tomar was beaten up by hooligans among the protesters.

Five people who were arrested in the case initially were let out on bail.

Tomar was the only earning member of his family. He is survived by his three children and wife.

"Give us back our father," said one of his sons, Deepak, speaking to media when he was asked what they want now from the authorities.

He said people were responsible for the death of his father.

India´s junior home minister RPN Singh said the men who attacked Tomar should be arrested and punished.

He said police must catch them with same swiftness as they acted in the case of the girl´s rape by arresting all the accused.

Former supercop turned social activist Kiran Bedi said if Delhi´s Lieutenant Governor Tejinder Khanna and Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had reached the spot when the protest started first such incidents could have been prevented.

"There is a collateral damage on both sides and it hurts both ways," said Bedi adding that the tragedy was preventable.

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