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Cops now free to take back money contributed to help Tomar’s family

After a recent medical report attributed constable Subhash Tomar’s death to a cardiac arrest, Delhi police staff members who had donated one day’s salary as compensation for the deceased’s family, have been allowed to withdraw their contribution. Tomar (47) had fallen ill and subsequently died while on duty at the protests that had broken out at India Gate in the capital following the 16 December gang rape.

Sources in Delhi police told Millennium Post about the reimbursement scheme, a first in the department. Tomar’s death had made news at the time, with speculations that he had lost his life after being roughed up by protesters. After Tomar’s death, Delhi police had booked eight members of the Aam Aadmi Party under sections relating to murder of the Indian Penal Code, while two eye-witness had recorded their statements in the crime branch of Delhi police alleging that Tomar was not beaten up, but had simply collapsed while running.

Believing Tomar’s death to be a case of murder, Delhi police staff members had contributed one day’s salary to help the family of the constable who had been posted at Karawal Nagar police station. However, after a medical report attributed his death to a cardiac arrest, Delhi police has decided to refund the money to all those who want their contribution to be reimbursed. 'The amount collected had touched Rs 8 crore and the cheque was yet to be handed-over to Tomar's family,' a police official said. Sources said, the accounts department of Delhi police  in each district of the capital, have contacted police stations in their areas to inform the staff of the option of submitting a filled reimbursement form, that includes the details of their account number and belt number.

'There are more than 80,000 policemen on duty in the crime capital. Out of approximately 400 staff in single police station, so far approximately 50 have approached the accounts department for a reimbursement,’ the source added.
When Deepak Mishra, special commissioner of police (law and order) was contacted he said, 'I am not aware of the move.’
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