Constable injured in gang rape protest dead

Published: Dec 26, 2012, 07:01 IST | Agencies |

Anguished family blames the violent protesters for policeman's death

A Delhi Police constable viciously attacked during protests against the gang rape of a woman two days ago succumbed to his injures yesterday, leaving his family shattered.

Doctors said Subhash Chand Tomar (47), passed away around 6.30 am due to respiratory and cardiovascular problems sparked off by Sunday’s attack on him on a road leading to India Gate during a violent demonstration.

Unacceptable: Demonstrators shout slogans after smashing the windows of a police vehicle during the protest. File Pic/AFP

Medical Superintendent TS Sidhu of the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital said, “His condition deteriorated at night. We will get to know the exact reasons of death after post mortem.”

According to police officers, after he fell on the street, he was kicked and beaten. His colleagues spotted him unconscious and bleeding and rushed him to hospital. Since then, Tomar remained on ventilator and never regained consciousness.

Additional Commissioner of Police VV Chaudhary said that Tomar was an “exceptionally sincere and hard working” policeman who had earned 77 commendations since joining Delhi Police in 1987.

The anguished family blamed the violent protesters for Tomar’s death. “The public is responsible for my father’s death. He was brutally beaten up by people. Can they return my father back?” asked Deepak, his 22-year-old son. “No politician came to visit my father in hospital,” he added.

Police officers said Tomar also had a 24-year-old daughter and another son. Tomar was cremated with full state honours yesterday at noon.

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