New Delhi: The cause of death of constable Subhash Chand Tomar is blunt force trauma, post-mortem report said on Wednesday.
The post-mortem report contradicts assertions by Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr TS Sidhu that Tomar had "no major external injury" except for some cuts and bruises or "(no) severe internal injuries".
The report said 47-year-old Tomar's third, fourth and fifth ribs on left side had fractures and there was "mid-calibaculur bleeding" at several places.
The cause of death reported by a Medical Board constituted by the hospital for the post mortem said, "myocardial infarction and its implication that could be precipitated by multiple ante-mortem (before death) injuries to neck and chest produced by blunt force impact."
Sources said effusion of blood was present in tissues and neck muscles and ante-mortem injuries were caused when the body suffered heavy blows from a blunt object.
Elaborating on the report, Additional Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) KC Dwivedi said it noted that there were injuries on his chest, neck, legs because of which he had a cardiac arrest and he died.
"He had a lot of injuries. His ribs had fractures. These multiple injuries aggravated his condition and led to cardiac arrest," Dwivedi said.
The death of the Delhi Police constable, who was cremated with full state honours, has been a bone of contention. Earlier an eyewitness had claimed that the dead cop was not beaten up by protesters, but collapsed while walking.
Meanwhile, Dr PS Sidhu at Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital had said earlier in the day that the constable had no major external or internal injury marks when he was brought to the hospital. Tomar, however, had injuries on knee and chest, said Dr Sidhu. The constable is reported to have suffered no fracture.
"No major injury marks found on constable's body. The constable had no pulse when he came to the hospital. Constable's right knee was injured, had bruises," said Sidhu.
"He came in a state of total collapse and our doctors revived him and as he was not stable, we shifted him to the Intensive Care Unit. He was on ventilator," said Sidhu, the Medical Superintendent of RML Hospital.
Asked whether after the post mortem report, police would initiate action against doctors at RML, Dwivedi said he has no comments to offer as investigations were with Crime Branch. "I can't comment on doctors or eyewitnesses comments," he said.
With PTI inputs
First Published: Wednesday, December 26, 2012, 17:39