New Delhi: A day after violent protests rocked the national capital, scores of people, mostly school students, gathered at Jantar Mantar on Monday and asked the government to provide speedy justice to the victim in the gang rape case.
The protesters shouted slogans demanding quick conviction of those arrested on charges of raping the 23-year-old para-medical student from Dehradun in a moving bus here last Sunday.
Some of the protesters, who tried to march towards India Gate, one of the areas of Sunday's clashes, were prevented by the police and were diverted to Jantar Mantar which is the only spot that has been exempted from prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC clamped in New Delhi district, banning assembly of four or more persons.
Monday's protests appeared muted as the police did not allow anybody reach near India Gate or Raisina Hills, which witnessed pitched battles between the security forces and the protesters on Sunday.
There were also small protests near Safdarjung Hospital, where the rape victim is undergoing treatment.
Delhi turns into fortress:
The heart of the national capital turned into a fortress with heavy deployment of police who blocked roads leading to India Gate and Raisina Hill to ensure that no protests take place there but the arrangements put commuters at severe hardship.
Office goers and students were the most affected due to blockade of roads and closure of nine metro stations near India Gate and Raisina Hill.
Police blocked Rafi Marg from both sides and one carriage way of Ashoka Road, Copernicus Marg and other stretches around the India Gate.
Employees had a tough time reaching their offices in Krishi Bhavan, Shastri Bhavan, Rail Bhavan and Nirman Bhavan as police did not allow crossing Rajpath. Buses were diverted through longer routes.
There were heavy barricading on Rafi Marg and Raisina Road and employees heading to South Bloc and North Bloc had to argue with policemen and show their identity cards to them.
People heading to Connaught Place from South Delhi and vice versa had severe problems in commuting.
Media persons were also not allowed near India Gate or Raisina Hill and were asked to go to Pragati Maidan.
Chaos at Metro stations:
Meanwhile, chaos ruled outside Metro stations in Central Delhi on Monday morning as hundreds of people reached the stations unaware that they have been closed due to continuing protests at India Gate against the gang-rape of a young girl.
Nine stations, including the busiest Rajiv Chowk, were closed from early morning as people came only to be welcomed by boards that entry or exit to the stations will not be allowed today as per instructions from Delhi Police.
Rajiv Chowk sees the maximum footfall of over 5 lakh a day and shutting down of this station has caused much problems for people who were agitated and looked helpless.
Pragati Maidan, Mandi House, Barakhamba Road, Rajiv Chowk, Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhawan, Race Course and Khan Market will remain closed till further orders, according to an advisory issued late last night by the Delhi Metro.