New Delhi: As questions are raised on what caused constable Subhash Tomar's death on Sunday during the violent protests at India Gate, an eyewitness has said that Tomar was at least 50 to 60 metres away from the crowd when he collapsed.
"When the incident happened, the crowd was at least 50 to 60 metres away from the spot where Tomar fell down...there were no injuries to constable Tomar, he was all sweating," eyewitness Pauline said.
Pauline, who can be seen in the video footage of the incident along with another eyewitness Yogendra and an unknown policeman, said they helped Tomar after he had fallen down on the road, adding "he had fallen unconscious and we tried to revive him".
The protests at India Gate were being held against the gangrape of a young physiotherapy student in a moving bus on December 16. The protests turned violent with clashes between the protesters and police raging on for several hours.
Pauline said, "No policeman present there tried to help anyone, I was shouting and asking everyone present there to call the ambulance." Pauline also said that constable Tomar would have died on the spot had they not been there to help him.
However, the post mortem report of Delhi Police constable Tomar has contradicted the versions of both the eyewitnesses and the Medical Superintendent of Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital said he suffered serious injuries. According to the report, Tomar had myocardial infarction and its complication that could be precipitated by ante mortem injuries to neck and chest produced by blunt force impact. The report also says that effusion of blood was present in soft tissues and muscles of neck.
The post mortem report of the deceased is in contradiction with the version of the Medical Superintendent at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, S Sidhu, who had said that there was no major external injury marks were found on the body. He added that Tomar had already suffered a cardiac arrest before he was brought to the hospital.