Injuries led to heart attack that killed constable, confirms post mortem report

FP

Ending the controversy over what led to the death of Delhi Police constable Subhash Chand Tomar who was found on Tilak Marg near India Gate after the violent protests last Sunday, the post mortem report stated that he died of a heart attack and its complications following injuries to his neck and chest with a blunt object. There were fractures in three ribs.

Police and Tomar's family had all along maintained that Tomar was felled, kicked and trampled by protesters following which he had a heart attack and collapsed. He was taken to Ram Manohar Lohia hospital where he died on Tuesday.

After two persons who found Tomar lying on the ground and the RML hospital medical superintendent, Dr T S Sidhu, claimed that there were no injuries on his body, the police read out excerpts from the report of the post mortem conducted after his death.

The probe into the constable's death was also transferred to the crime branch. Police have also issued notice to Dr Sidhu and sought Tomar's medical records.

Quoting from the post mortem report, Additional Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) K C Dwivedi said the reason for death was "myocardial infarction (heart attack) and its complications that could be precipitated by multiple ante-mortem injuries to neck and chest produced by blunt force impact".

Sources said the report mentions fractures in three ribs and multiple abrasions, redness over the chest, right arm and left knee. There is effusion of blood in the soft tissue, muscle of neck, subcutaneous tissue, intercostal muscles and underneath the sternum, the sources said.

The findings of the post-mortem report brought to an end a row that erupted after two persons who tried to revive the constable on the road claimed they did not see any injuries.

And on Wednesday morning, hours before the post-mortem report was out, Dr Sidhu said there were "no major external injury marks except for some cuts and bruises... In all our records, there are no severe internal injuries recorded but the post-mortem will tell everything".

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