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Indian activists belonging to various rights organisations hold placards while they stage a demonstration in Bangalore on Dec 21, 2012, condemning the recent gang rape in New Delhi. — Photo by AFP

NEW DELHI: An Indian policeman who was injured in clashes during a protest over a gang-rape in New Delhi died on Tuesday, a police spokesman said.

The 47-year-old police constable, Subash Tomar, was deployed at the India Gate monument on Sunday to control the protests. He was beaten up by a mob and rushed to hospital by the police.

“The protesters pelted stones at Tomar, he was unconscious for two days and today he died,” New Delhi police spokesman Rajan Bhagat told AFP.

More than 50 policemen were injured in Sunday's violence as police struggled to quell increasing outrage over sex crimes following the gang-rape of a student.

Tomar's cousin Ajay who was in the hospital to claim the body said he had joined the police in 1985 and never spent a single festival with the family.

“My cousin was always out on streets maintaining law and order. The mob attacked him for no reason. They just killed him,” said Ajay Tomar.

Much of central Delhi remains sealed off after the wave of violent protests over the gang-rape of a 23-year-old student in the capital and a surge in violence against women.

Protests have taken place across India over the last week to denounce the police and government.

National figures show that 228,650 of the total 256,329 violent crimes recorded last year were against women, with the number of rapes in the capital rising 17 per cent to 661 this year.

The biggest protests were in New Delhi on the weekend, prompting police to cordon off areas around government buildings. More than 100 people were injured including dozens of policemen.

The clampdown was tightened Monday, with commuters having to make lengthy detours to get to work.

Comments (5) Closed

gaurav Jan 01, 2013 08:21am
Ali, This rape has shaken the Indian middle class because this has happened in the very heart of our capital. That is not to say that this reaction is uniform. Women in villages and other patriarchia societies are treated exactly the way you mentioned in pakistan. Not only the scale but also the cruelty, violence and brutality is not one shade less here in India!It is simply reported less because those voices are very distant and truly powerless. The only good outcome would be people like you and me raise our voices so loud a potential criminal hears it and desists May Nirbhaya rest in Peace !
Akhlesh Dec 25, 2012 11:16am
It is sad that the policeman died. Mahatma Gandhi had once suspended a campaign for independence when a mob set fire to a police station in Chauri Chaura. That lesson needs to be applied here.
ali ahmed Dec 25, 2012 09:24am
this shows that the people care for the dignity and respect of women..against the rape people came on the street to protest..well done but in pakistan women are raped ,naked paraded on the street but the people of pakistan remain unconcerned t
kaka Dec 25, 2012 03:18pm
this is wrong news. this cop was not injured. he has died of a cardiac arrest. lohia hospital has confrmed that there are no injuries on his body and cause of death is 'cardiac arrest'. why is the media always so confused
omer khan shaheen Dec 25, 2012 06:42am
Who does it and who is paying for it. Very sad and unfortunate! Wake up India and Pakistan!