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Gangrape protests: Eyewitness says constable collapsed, he wasn't beaten up

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Dec 26, 2012 at 11:06am IST

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New Delhi: A person, who claims to be an eyewitness to constable Subhash 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. He said the constable was not assaulted by protesters but simply collapsed while walking.

"I was surprised to hear that 8 were arrested over Subhash Tomar's death. I saw him in hospital and and his body didn't have any injuries. He wasn't trampled by a mob, he wasn't assaulted. He just collapsed while walking. I don't think people should be arrested over this," Yogendra, the eyewitness, said.

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This comes even as the police say Tomar died after being injured during the protests due to clashes between policemen and protesters. Police say there were injuries on his stomach, chest and neck. The post-mortem report is awaited.

Reacting to this, Aam Aadmi Party National Convener Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, "Yogendra, a journo student, eyewitness to Tomar's death. His account opp of police account. Is police lying?"

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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?"

He said while the guilty must be punished, if any of these eight youths are innocent and there's no proof against them, he'll stand by them. "If any of those eight including AAP worker Chaman are responsible for the death of constable, we want them to punished. But if police are framing them, they have no evidence against these eight youths, we'll stand by them," Kejriwal said.

On Tuesday, constable Subash Tomar was laid to rest with full state honours. He was injured in clashes with protestors and succumbed to his injuries.

Meanwhile, his 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.

"My brother passed away this morning. He had been critical since Sunday. He was on life support. What was his fault?," Tomar's second brother Devinder Singh asked. "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," Singh added.

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.

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