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Constable Tomar death: Why were innocents charged by Delhi Police?


Subhajit Sengupta,CNN-IBN
Mar 14, 2013 at 02:35pm IST

New Delhi: More than a 100 days after arresting eight people on charges of murdering Constable Subhash Tomar at the India Gate protests, a U-turn by Delhi Police. Delhi Police has now told the Delhi High Court that the eight people arrested are not involved in the death.

Eight people were arrested on charges of attempt to murder, rioting and arson at the peak of the India Gate protests following the brutal gangrape of the Delhi Braveheart. After the death of Constable Subhash Tomar on the line of duty, murder charges were also invoked against them.

Neeraj Kumar, CP, Delhi Police had at a presser on December 25, 2012 said, "They were arrested from the scene of crime. Further investigation is on."

Even as the police maintain that they were involved in the riot that took place near India Gate on December 23, there's a sense of relief for one of the accused Amit Joshi. "I felt relieved when they told the court that we won't be charged with murder," said Amit.

Inspite of the non-bailable sections, all the eight were granted bail within 24 hours of arrest by the metropolitan magistrate for lack of evidence.

The affidavit submitted by the Delhi Police nowhere mentions that the eight men who were picked up during the India Gate protest had any role to play in Constable Tomar Death. While these young men can now breathe easy as they will be absolved of murder charge, they will have to wait for a little longer to know Whether they will be tried for general rioting and destruction of properties or not.

A video footage showed Tomar collapsing at the India Gate during the protests against the gangrape of a 23-year-old girl in Delhi. He was immediately admitted to Ram Manohar Lohia, where he succumbed to his alleged injuries on December 25. The eight men, who were arrested had claimed that they were being framed by the police.

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