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No evidence against those arrested in constable death case: Kejriwal

PTI/IANS  New Delhi, December 25, 2012
First Published: 17:42 IST(25/12/2012) | Last Updated: 20:07 IST(25/12/2012)

Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday cautioned Delhi Police against implicating "innocents" for the attack on Constable Subhash Chand Tomar during protests against the brutal gangrape of a woman December 16.

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Tomar died early Tuesday.

Kejriwal said Chaman Singh, who has been associated with activities of the Aam Aadmi Party, is among the "eight youth arrested by Delhi Police under section 307, which is attempt to murder", for assaulting Tomar.

Kejriwal told mediapersons that the police action so far suggests that it had "no evidence" against the eight people who had been booked for attempt to murder.

"Police has no evidence about these people, whom they have arrested from different places and were protesting peacefully for justice to the gang rape victim," Kejriwal said.

The police is lying and trying to mislead the media and the common man by saying that AAP worker Manish Sisodia had given the bail amount which is wrong, he alleged, adding police were "trying to implicate these eight innocent youth to suppress this movement using their power".

Terming the death of the constable as "unfortunate", Kejriwal said "whosoever is responsible for his death should be punished. Even if an AAP member is involved, punish him but we will not allow innocent people to be implicated."

He said police were trying to portray that the movement became violent due to the involvement of Swami Ramdev, Gen (retd) VK Singh and members of AAP.

It is an attempt by the police to justify their action of resorting to lathicharge, tear gas shelling and water cannon use on the peaceful protesters.

"There were some rogue element in the demonstration who were pelting stones, empty bottle on police. They can identify them but they have failed to apprehend them who were actually involved in stone-pelting at India Gate," he said.

Kejriwal added there was an attempt to implicate the youth.

"Some anti-social elements joined agitators and tried to give it a violent turn. We appealed to people not to resort to violence. We checked those who were carrying stones. Police has not been able to arrest those responsible for violence," Kejriwal said.

"If police foists a false case, our party will stand by the innocent youth," he added.

He said that the case relating to the eight arrested youth should be heard in a fast-track court for an early verdict.

Kejriwal said there has to be prima-facie evidence for an first information report (FIR) to be registered.

He said that police had failed to provide security to women in the city and made arrests under attempt to murder charges to hide its inefficiency.

Kejriwal said the authorities had made it seem that the violence had taken place due to him, yoga guru Baba Ramdev and former army chief VK Singh.

Manish Sisodia, a member of Aam Aadmi Party, said police had accepted in court that eight people were arrested from different places and at different times.

Somnath, a lawyer, said the FIR against the accused had disconnected facts.

"There is no connection with the chain of events," he said.

Aam Aadmi Party leaders said the case against the eight people were "fictious" and no case could be made out.


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