Rape stir: Riots accused deny charges

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 26, 2012 18:36 hrs

The eight people accused of causing the death of a police constable in the violence that broke out during a public protest at India Gate in New Delhi against the brutal gangrape of a woman on a moving bus have denied the charges.

The denials come as two eyewitnesses and a doctor who tended to the constable Subhash Chand Tomar before his death punctured holes in the police's claim that he had died due to injuries sustained during the scuffle and stone pelting at India Gate.

The eight people who were arrested on Monday on charges including attempt to murder before being released on bail said some of them were not even near India Gate when the incident happened.

"I was shopping at a mall. I have the receipts to prove it," one of the accused told a TV news channel, adding that when the incident happened he was travelling on the metro and security camera footage from the train and stations can prove it.

A Delhi court hearing the case on Wednesday has ordered that CCTV footage from metro stations on Sunday be procured.

Police meanwhile maintained that the eight people were identified by policemen and tapes from security camera and news channels can prove their culpability.

Earlier Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday had alleged that the people accused of causing the death of a constable in a skirmish at India Gate during the protests, were being wrongly implicated by the police.

"Police has no evidence about these people, whom they have arrested from different places and were protesting peacefully for justice to the gang rape victim," Kejriwal was quoted as saying.

"It is an attempt by the police to justify their action of resorting to lathicharge, tear gas shelling and water cannon use on the peaceful protesters," he said adding that the police had failed to apprehend those actually involved in the violence on the day.

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.

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