A senior Delhi Police officer on Sunday said it was likely that a retired Supreme Court judge would be appointed by the UPA Government to chair the judicial commission that has been tasked with the responsibility of examining the country's laws related to rape.
Speaking exclusively to ANI TV, Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Dharmendra Kumar said: "A retired Supreme Court judge will be looking into case of the Delhi gang-raped victim."
Kumar further said: " We have met all their (agitating public's) demands. Therefore, we request the people to protest peacefully."
He claimed that some anti-social elements have been breaking barricades and damaging public property, and added, " Also, they are throwing stones at people and police. I request them to please protest peacefully and we will not remove them from there."
"Due to such protests, we are not able to focus on other cases," Kumar added.
"As far as I know, a senior level commission will decide this case. A committee of three is being formed," Kumar said further.
"This commission will examine rape laws, and after that, they will make an amendment on this law. In this case, there will be a day to day trial," said the senior police officer.
"We will ensure that action is taken as soon as possible," he added.
Kumar's statement came as public protests related to the December 16 gang rape of a 23-year-old woman escalated late on Sunday afternoon, after a few lumpen elements reportedly hurled bricks, stones and whatever else they could lay their hands on, on city police and Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel deployed across the national capital's central vista.
As per latest reports, orders have come from the top to completely sanitise the Rajpath area with immediate effect.
The situation along Rajpath, the central thoroughfare leading from India Gate to Rashtrapati Bhavan, appears to be spinning out of control, with protesters and security personnel clashing violently amidst sporadic tear gas shelling and water cannon firing. Barricades set up across various intersections on the route have been thrown aside or dismantled, as the crowd's anger is being vented on the law enforcement authorities inspite of the imposition of prohibitory orders.
Several of the protesters have been injured by cane wielding security personnel, a majority of whom are attired in riot-related gear. The injured have been taken to hospitals for first aid treatment.
Television channels showed live pictures of the tear-gassed shelled atmosphere above Rajpath, indicating the intensity of the clashes below.
The public anger is such that some have demanded the immediate execution of the rapists, whether by hanging or by being burnt alive.
Protesters appear relentless in their determination to reach Raisina Hill, the seat of government. Some leaders have been demanding that the Prime Minister stop having in camera meetings and take a decisive step or action in addressing the crowd to calm tempers and public rage over the incident.
This was the second successive day that police resorted to lobbing teargas shells and use of water-jets, besides using force to contain the protesters who are demanding speedy justice and stringent punishment for the accused, even as doctors at Safdarjung Hospital said the condition of the victim continues to be critical.
A group of protesters also met Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party general secretary Rahul Gandhi, who assured them of speedy action, but refused to give a time-frame for it.
Earlier in the day, East Delhi MP Sandeep Dikshit was stopped at India Gate and heckled. His car and a government jeep ferrying officials were damaged.
Central Delhi faced huge traffic chaos due to a security clampdown on Rajpath even as protesters blocked roads near India Gate.
Early this morning, around 50-60 protesters, who stayed put at Raisina Hills throughout the night and some others infront of Sonia Gandhi's 10, Janpath residence, were evacuated while high drama was witnessed at India Gate when agitators resisted police attempts to detain them for defying prohibitory orders. (ANI)