New Delhi: In a major embarrassment, Delhi Police today admitted before the Delhi High Court that the 8 people it had arrested in connection with constable Subash Tomar’s death during the anti-rape agitation at India Gate, are innocent. These 8 men were charged with murder and rioting by the Delhi Police.
Delhi Police constable Tomar had died during a police crackdown on protesters on December 23 last year. Tomar was admitted to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital where he succumbed to the alleged injuries he received during the agitation seeking justice for the 23-year-old Delhi gang-rape victim, who died on December 29 in a Singapore hospital.
While the Delhi police had insisted that Tomar had died because of the clash with protesters, an eyewitness had claimed that the constable had collapsed while walking. “He wasn’t trampled by a mob, he wasn’t assaulted. He just collapsed while walking. I saw him in hospital and and his body didn’t have any injuries,” Yogendra, the eyewitness had said.
With the police now admitting in the High Court that the eight were innocent, all charges against them are likely to be dropped. The issue of dropping charges against all accused is expected to come up before the Delhi High Court on March 20.