Delhi Police constable cremated with state honours

New Delhi, Dec 25 (IANS) Delhi Police constable Subhash Chand Tomar, who died after being injured during protests against the gang-rape of a woman, was cremated with full state honours here Tuesday.

Minister of State for Home R.P.N. Singh, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Home Secretary R.K. Singh, Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar and many police officers were among the 1,000 people who attended the cremation at Nigambodh Ghat in central Delhi.

The last rites were performed by Tomar's sons Deepak and Sonu.

The 47-year-old constable died early Tuesday due to respiratory and cardiovascular problems sparked off by Sunday's attack on him on a road leading to India Gate during protests against the brutal gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman Dec 16 night in a moving bus in south Delhi.

Tomar's body was taken to Nigambodh Ghat in a police truck adorned with garlands with full state honours around 2.30 p.m. and was cremated at around 3.40 p.m.

A special unit of around 12 Delhi Police personnel blew trumpets and fired in the air to honour the dead constable.

After the cremation, Tomar's 18-year-old son Aditya alias Sonu told IANS that he last met his father Dec 23 morning when the constable left his east Delhi's Meet Nagar home. Later in the day, they were informed that he had been brutally attacked by some people protesting against the gang-rape at India Gate.

Tomar is survived by wife Amresh Devi, 40, sons Sonu, 18 and Deepak, 22, and a daughter Jyoti, 24.

The constable, who had earned 77 commendations since joining Delhi Police in 1987, is survived by his wife and three children.

According to a police official, the entire police force comprising of over 80,000 personnel will contribute a day's salary to the constable's family.

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