Injuries led to Tomar's death: Post-mortem

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 26, 2012 15:00 hrs

Constable Subhash Chand Tomar's post-mortem examination report was released on Wednesday as the Delhi Police said serious injuries led to a heart-attack and his death.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, KC Dwivedi, Additional Commissioner of the Delhi Police, cited Tomar´s post-mortem report and said the doctors have described the cause of the constable´s death as: "Myocardial infarction (heart attack) and its complications that could be precipitated by multiple ante-mortem injuries to neck and chest produced by blunt force impact."

Dwivedi said: "Constable Subhash Chand Tomar suffered serious injuries. Autopsy revealed internal bleeding and broken ribs...Injuries suffered on chest and neck were due to blunt objects which led to Tomar´s death."

The Delhi Police has come under sharp attack of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of social activist turned politician Arvind Kejriwal and several other groups over their indication that Tomar who died while controlling crowd at the India Gate on Dec 23 had succumbed to injuries inflicted on him by the mob even as a senior doctor and an eye witness on Wednesday said he was not hurt externally.

Eight people, including an AAP member, were arrested earlier over the death of Tomar and police commissioner Neeraj Kumar earlier claimed that the constable sustained injuries on stomach, neck and chest even as the cause of the death was attributed to cardiac arrest so far by doctors.

An eyewitness on the spot, Yogendra, told TV channels that constable Tomar was not hurt in the mob fury but had collapsed right in front of his eyes and was being helped by other constables and bystanders like him as he fell down while walking.

"I will say what I saw. I will not tell any lie. He was not hurt by mob or trampled by them. I was standing there and saw him falling after walking a bit," said Yogendra.

Yogendra said he was with the dead cop till he was taken to hospital and when his shirt was removed there he saw no blood or injury marks or blood on Tomar´s chest or stomach.

Another eye-witness Pauline said: "I saw him falling down in front of my eyes. He had no injuries. He just collapsed. I can say that there was no crowd at all."

Medical Superintendent of Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Dr P S Sidhu, also said there was no external injury on the body of Tomar when he was brought there.

He said the constable was brought in a state of total collapse with no pulse.

Tomar was cremated with full state honours after he succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday and politicians also attended the funeral while the family blamed the death on crowd.

Protests had flared across India last week after the 23-year-old medical student was brutally assaulted and raped by six men on a moving bus in New Delhi and then thrown off along with her male friend on the night of Dec 16.

The victim, currently being treated at the Safdarjung Hospital, is battling for her life.

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