Delhi Police seal off city centre to foil protests

Last Updated: Sat, Dec 29, 2012 04:26 hrs

New Delhi: In a move to ward off mass protests in the city centre following the death of the gang-rape victim, Delhi Police announced Saturday that India Gate and nearby areas will be out of bounds for the public.

"Entire Central Vista including Rajpath, Vijay Chowk and all roads leading to India Gate will be closed for general traffic. All travellers are advised to avoid these roads," Delhi Traffic Police tweeted.

On a police request, Delhi Metro also announced the closure of 10 stations spread over three networks -- Yellow, Blue and Violet.

The stations are: Pragati Maidan, Mandi House, Barakhamba Road, Rajiv Chowk, Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhavan, Race Course, Jor Bagh and Khan Market.

A metro official said the inter-change services would, however, continue at the Rajiv Chowk and Central Secretariat stations. But no one will be allowed to enter or exit from any of these stations.

Ever since the woman was gang-raped in a bus Dec 16 and dumped to die by a roadside, there have been several protests in the heart of the capital, one of which left a policeman dead.

The young physiotherapy student died in a Singapore hospital Saturday after battling for life for 13 days.

Delhi Police had said earlier that restrictive orders were necessary to maintain public harmony.

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