New Delhi, Dec 25: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday slammed the government and the Delhi Police for accusing his party for the death of constable Subhash Tomar, who was injured during the violence at India Gate on Sunday and succumbed to the injuries in a hospital on Monday.
Kejriwal said there was not a single proof of evidence and the government was falsely framing the youths. He suspected the government was trying to seek revenge by framing him, Baba Ramdev and General VK Singh. The activist-turned-politician said he was in favour of punishing the guilty but if there was no proof against them, he would stand by them. He said there was no prima facie evidence.
AAP member Manish Sishodia, who reportedly submitted a bail bond for all the eight arrested on charges of attacking Tomar, said he had sought bail for only the AAP member among the eight and not all. He said when the court had asked who had pelted stone and beat up the constable, the police could not furnish any answer and officers also said that they did not see these people doing anything. "We don't understand why cases are being registered against the eight youths," Sisodia asked.
Kejriwal said the AAP workers tried to stop those who fuelled violence during the anti-rape protests on Sunday. He accused the police of failing to identify the unruly elements who created ruckus at the India Gate.
The AAP was under scrutiny following the death of Tomar. The eight people, who were arrested in connection to the constable's injury after being identified from video footage. One of the arrested members was AAP's Chaman Kumar. The police later booked them for rioting and attempt to murder.
Tomar was deputed in the wake of a violent protest that broke out in Delhi condemning the brutal gangrape of a 23-year-old young paramedic student in the national capital on the night of December 16. His family blamed the public for his death.
The Delhi Police also filed cases against former Army chief General VK Singh and yoga guru Baba Ramdev. They were booked on charges of indulging in violence and damaging public property. Over 140 people, including 65 police personnel, were injured in the weekend violence.
But the question is whether the government was trying to corner a potential electoral adversary in the AAP by accusing its members of murder attempt. Should the bail have been issued if indeed the charges were as serious? Till now, a lot of questions have been left unanswered.