The death of constable Subhash Chand Tomar on Tuesday has created a new rift between the Delhi Police and anti-rape protesters, with the police commissioner saying the 45-year-old constable suffered multiple internal injuries even as doctors said he died of a cardiac arrest.
However, an individual who claimed to be an eyewitness to constable Tomar's injury at India Gate during the anti-rape protests, has debunked the Delhi Police's claim that the constable was beaten up by protesters, reported CNN-IBN.
He said the constable was not assaulted by protesters but simply collapsed while walking."Three to four constables were running after the crowd. Subhash Tomar was one of them. Suddenly he stopped and fell down. We went to pick him up and tried to talk to him but he didn't answer," the eyewitness identified as Yogendra, said.
Yogendra, who is a student of journalism, said that he hadn't seen any injuries on the constable's body.
"When I saw his body in the hospital, it didn't have any injuries," he said.
"He wasn't trampled by the mob, he wasn't assaulted. He just collapsed while walking. I don't think people should be arrested over this," the eye-witness added.
However, police say there were injuries on Tomar's stomach, chest and neck.
"Doctors have told us that Tomar sustained internal injuries in his chest, neck and stomach that eventually resulted in his death," Delhi Police chief Neeraj Kumar told media. The post-mortem report is awaited.
The Delhi Police have also booked eight people in constable Tomar's case, which includes a member of Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party.
However, Kejriwal hit out at the government and the Delhi Police on Tuesday saying he was being framed for the death of constable Subhash Tomar.
Kejriwal said, "There is not a single proof that the government has and they are only framing these youths. Police is trying to frame me, Baba Ramdev, General VK Singh. Are they taking some revenge from us?"
Meanwhile, Tomar's family blamed the protesters for his death. "It is the mob which is responsible for my brother's death," said Tomar's brother Yudhveer Singh.
"What was his fault? He was only doing his job and now he is no more. His family has no other source of income. He was very committed to his duty," Tomar's second brother Devinder Singh asked.
Subhash Tomar's son accused the public of brutally beating up his father. "No leader has come to there (hospital) to see him. Public is responsible for this because they beat him so badly. Can they return my father back?" asked Tomar's son, Deepak.
Tomar, posted at Karawal Nagar police station, was deployed on law and order duty, and was rushed to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital after being injured and was put on ventilator support, police said. The 46-year-old constable belonged to Meerut.