AAP Member Among 8 Charged With Murder of Constable
The Delhi Police today invoked murder charges against eight people, including a member of the Aam Aadmi Party, after the death of a constable who was severely beaten up by protesters at India Gate on Sunday.

The eight persons were yesterday charged with attempt to murder, rioting and destruction of public property among other sections of IPC.

However, following the death constable Subhash Chand Tomar (47), who was battling for his life at the RML Hospital here, this morning, the police decided to slap murder charges against the eight accused.

Those named in the FIR are Shankar Bisht, Nand, Shantanu, Kailash Joshi, Amit Joshi, Abhishek, Nafees Ahmad and Chaman, a member of AAP, the police said.

All the eight have been booked under sections 302 (murder), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) of IPC.

They were arrested and released on bail yesterday.

Meanwhile, the Aam Admi Party alleged that police has failed to apprehend those actually involved in the incidents of stone-pelting at India Gate.

"They have arrested innocent people who were not involved in any such incident just to prove that their actions of lathicharge, tear gas shelling and water cannon use were right. Police have arrested them from places where they were holding peaceful demonstrations," the party claimed.

The constable, who died, was posted in Karawal Nagar area and was called for maintaining law and order at India Gate area during the protests over the gangrape of a 23-year-old girl on December 16.

AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal alleged that the youths were "implicated" by the police in the case.

"There is not a single proof that the government has and they are only framing these youths. Are they taking some revenge from us?" he alleged.

He said the guilty must be punished but if the police do not have any evidence against the eight youths, AAP stands by them.

"If any of those eight including AAP worker Chaman are responsible for the death of the constable, we want them to be punished. But if police are framing them, they have no evidence against these eight youths, we'll stand by them," he said.
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12/D-134
Dec 26, 2012
09:13 PM

The government is trying to kill two birds with one stone. One, weaken the anti-rape protests by blaming the constable's death on the protesters. Two, get back at Kejriwal by accusing an AAP worker as being one of those responsible for the cop's death. As has been proved in the past, the government will only end up digging a deeper hole for itself.

Alakshyendra, Hyderabad
11/D-74
Dec 26, 2012
02:08 PM

Tomar died of heart attack. Dr. PS Sidhu clearly says no external injuries. Yogendra, an eye witness corroborates this fact, says he collapsed chasing protestors. But trust the Congress dirty tricks department to use this unfortunate event to scream fire (with the friendly media houses joining the chorus) and undermine the entire protest.

RSM, Delhi
10/D-32
Dec 26, 2012
06:30 AM

>> If this is correct, the govt has reached a new low

It's tough for this govt to reach new lows, new, continuous records as they have established. However, they find new ways of sinking further every time.

>> But we will not know until we have the postmartem report

The sad part is that the report 's credibility has already been compromised.

Whats InAName
San Francisco, United States
9/D-31
Dec 26, 2012
06:08 AM

"Would be sad and a grave injustice, if the govt and police use his death to arrest innocents and try to to discredit the protests to hide their own incompetency."

If this is correct, the govt has reached a new low. The responses by the police chief and Doctor are contradicting. Someone posted a photo on facebook of this police officer being helped by other police and some protestors. There were not visible injuries on his body. But we will not know until we have the postmartem report.

Maha
NJ, United States
8/D-29
Dec 26, 2012
04:32 AM

>> The Delhi Police must be heavily fined to exposing a cop with heart ailments to such high-pressure situations. Tomar did not die of heart attack; he was murdered by the Delhi Police.

There seem to be some conflicting reports on the cause of his death

www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/Controversy-surrounds-death-of-cop-in-post-rape-protests/Article1-980772.aspx

police commissioner saying the 45-year-old constable suffered multiple internal injuries even as doctors said he died of a cardiac arrest.

"Public is responsible for this. They beat him up badly. Can they give my father back to me?" said Tomar's son Deepak, rubbishing claims that the policeman had a history of heart disease.

A day earlier, the family had said the policeman didn't carry any injury marks.

When Tomar was brought in, he was in a state of cardiac arrest, said a doctor at Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital, where the constable was being treated for the last two days.

"We did our best to revive him but he gave up this morning," said the doctor, who refused to be identified.

"No injury marks, cuts or bruises were visible on the body."

Would be sad and a grave injustice, if the govt and police use his death to arrest innocents and try to to discredit the protests to hide their own incompetency.

Whats InAName
San Francisco, United States
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