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Crime Branch to probe case

Delhi Police on Wednesday assigned the probe into the death of a constable in the recent protests in the capital against the gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman to its Crime Branch.

Additional Commissioner of Police K C Dwivedi said that after a controversy had arisen over the death of 47-year-old constable Subhash Chand Tomar, the responsibility for the probe had been shifted to the Crime Branch. Tomar died on Tuesday. He had been admitted to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital Sunday, after injuries sustained while attempting to control the crowd that had gathered at India Gate to protest the 16 December gangrape of the 23-year-old physiotherapy student.

The rape victim battles for life at Safdarjung Hospital in south Delhi.

Rajan Bhagat, spokesperson for Delhi Police, said the case has been transferred for two reasons: first, the Crime Branch would handle such a case professionally, especially since the cause of death had become controversial; second, New Delhi district police is preoccupied with preparations for Republic Day. ‘If senior colleagues in Delhi Police have declared that the investigation into the death of constable Subhash Chand Tomar has been shifted to the Crime Branch, I expect I will get official information very soon, by Wednesday evening,’ S B S Tyagi, deputy commissioner of police (crime), said.
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