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Delhi Police constable Subhash Tomar cremated with state honours

IANS  New Delhi, December 25, 2012
First Published: 16:11 IST(25/12/2012) | Last Updated: 19:12 IST(25/12/2012)

Subhash Tomar, the Delhi Police constable who on Tuesday succumbed to injuries sustained during the violence at India Gate on Sunday, was cremated New Delhi with police honours.

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The body of the 47-year-old constable was consigned to flames amid chanting of hymns at Nigambodh ghat crematorium at 3.45pm in the presence of a host of dignitaries.

Minister of state for Home RPN Singh, Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit, civil aviation Minister Ajit Singh, home secretary RK Singh and Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar were present along with top officers and men of the Delhi Police.

The constable was admitted at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital on Sunday evening after sustaining injuries and he was on ventilator since then.

Tomar, a graduate in arts, hailed from Meerut in Uttar Pradesh.

He was posted in Karawal Nagar area and was called for maintaining law and order at India Gate area during the protests on Sunday over the gangrape of a 23-year-old girl on December 16 in the Capital.

Tomar, who joined the police in 1987, was found lying injured on Tilak Marg and was rushed to the hospital.

Delhi Police chief was the first to arrive at the crematorium, even before Tomar's body was brought at 2.30pm. He was followed by Dikshit, RPN Singh and the home secretary.

Kumar assured the constable's wife and his two sons of all possible help.

A group of protesters gathered outside the crematorium demanding capital punishment to those responsible for the constable's death.

Terming the death of Tomar as "unfortunate", the civil aviation minister asked the government to set up more fast track courts in other parts of the country to speed up the trial in over 10,000 rape cases and provide speedy justice to the victims.

Meanwhile, elder brother of the deceased constable Surinder Singh blamed the government for the tragic incident saying that had it handled the situation in an effective way, he would not have lost his brother.

"Whatever has happened is very sad. My brother was just doing his duty. He was working on the orders from his senior officers. The government is responsible for this whole mishmash, if everything would have been done in an organised way, the result would have been different," Surinder Singh said.

"On the other hand the people who were protesting against the rape case are also responsible, they should not vent their frustration on anybody. The accused must be punished, but it is for the government to decide how to punish them. On a whole I believe there should be some change in the system," he said.

The constable, who had earned 77 commendations since joining Delhi Police in 1987, is survived by his wife and three children.

According to a police official, the entire police force comprising of over 80,000 personnel will contribute a day's salary to the constable's family.

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