Kejriwal defends constable death accused
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday alleged that the people accused of causing the death of a constable in a skirmish at India Gate during the protests against the gangrape of a woman, were being wrongly implicated by the police.
"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 was quoted as saying.
Eight youths were arrested over the death of the police constable Subhash Chand Tomar who was injured in controlling the mob at India Gate on Dec 23 during public protest and among them is member of the AAP, media reports had said.
Police are telling lies and trying to mislead the media and the common man by saying that AAP member Manish Sisodia had given the bail amount which is wrong, Kejriwal alleged.
Even though the death of the constable was "unfortunate", police were "trying to implicate these eight innocent youth to suppress this movement using their power", he 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," Kejrwial said.
Even though he admitted that there were "some rogue elements" in the demonstration who were pelting stones, empty bottle on police, Kejrwial said authorities were trying insinuate that the movement turned violent due to the involvement of yoga guru Baba Ramdev, former Army chief V K Singh and AAP members.
"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," he said adding that the police had failed to apprehend those actually involved in the violence on the day.
The constable, Subhash Chand Tomar was cremated with full state honours after he succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday and politicians also attended the funeral while the family blamed the death on crowd.
Protests had flared across India last week after the 23-year-old medical student was brutally assaulted and raped by six men on a moving bus in New Delhi and then thrown off along with her male friend on the night of Nov 16.
The victim, currently being treated at the Safdarjung Hospital, is battling for her life.