Police's claim that constable Subhash Chand Tomar died of a cardiac arrest caused by injuries he suffered on his chest and neck during an assault by protesters at India Gate on Sunday has been rubbished by witnesses.
The witnesses, on the other hand, said policemen at the protests had ignored their pleas for help to save the constable after he slumped to the ground.
The police made the claim citing the post-mortem report of Tomar, which said that his injuries had been "produced by blunt impact" during the protests.
Yogendra Tomar, a journalism student, and Pauline, who were part of the protests, said on Wednesday that they saw the 45-year-old constable fall while running on a street near India Gate. The duo said in separate statements that there was no truth in police allegations that Tomar sustained injuries when agitators threw stones.
Yogendra said he was with Pauline who was hurt when policemen chased protesters away from India Gate.
"We were looking at a group of policemen who were running after protesters. One of them stopped and collapsed on the road all of a sudden while his colleagues continued chasing the agitators," said Yogendra.
"We rushed towards him. His eyes were open but his body was stiff and he was sweating profusely. The other policemen left him and started running after other protesters even after we requested them to call an ambulance," he said, adding that he went to a nearby police van and asked the policemen to rush the constable to hospital.
"They took him to Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in the police van in which the woman and I were also present. I saw him in hospital and his body didn't have any injuries. He wasn't trampled by a mob and assaulted," Yogendra claimed.
"The claims of police are false. I am surprised to hear that eight persons were arrested over the constable's death," he said.
Pauline backed Yogendra's version and explained in detail how their efforts to revive the unconscious policeman failed. She said there were "no visible injuries" on the constable's body.
"We opened his jacket, shirt and shoes. He was sweating profusely and froth was oozing out of his mouth... His colleagues did not help him," Pauline said and added that there was no crowd when Tomar fell.
Tomar's family members maintained that he did not have a previous history of heart problems. They also refuted the claims of the witnesses.
"My father died because of the chaos during the protests at India Gate," Tomar's son Aditya said.