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Delhi Police on Wednesday assigned the probe into the death of a constable in the recent protests in the capital against the gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman to its Crime Branch. Additional Commissioner of Police K.C. Dwivedi said that after a controversy had arisen over the death of 47-year-old constable Subhash Chand Tomar, the responsibility for the probe had been shifted to the Crime Branch. Tomar died Tuesday. He had been admitted to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital Sunday, after injuries sustained while attempting to control the crowd that had gathered at India Gate to protest the Dec 16 gang-rape of the 23-year-old physiotherapy student.
The rape victim battles for life at Safdarjung Hospital in south Delhi. Questions were raised about the circumstances leading to Tomar's death by Yogender, a student of journalism, who claimed that he was a witness, and refuted claims by the police that the constable had fallen on the road and protestors had kicked and punched him. Rajan Bhagat, spokesperson for Delhi Police, told IANS that the case has been transferred for two reasons: first, the Crime Branch would handle such a case professionally, especially since the cause of death had become controversial; second, New Delhi district police is preoccupied with preparations for Republic Day.
'If senior colleagues in Delhi Police have declared that the investigation into the death of constable Subhash Chand Tomar has been shifted to the Crime Branch, I expect I will get official information very soon, by Wednesday evening,' S.B.S. Tyagi, deputy commissioner of police (crime) told IANS.
'CCTV footage, statements of witnesses, post-mortem reports and some other important angles will be investigated to sort out the controversy over the constable's death,' Tyagi told IANS. Earlier, announcing the post-mortem report of the constable, Dwivedi had said that death was caused by the multiple internal injuries Tomar had sustained while at work during protests at India Gate Sunday.
The medical superintendent of the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, however, had said that Tomar's body had no external injuries, and that he had suffered a cardiac arrest. Delhi Police refused to comment on the claims made by the hospital. Police had arrested eight people Sunday night for the alleged attack on Tomar. The eight were granted bail the next day. Police said a day after Tomar died, that the eight have been booked for murder.
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