Girl death: Delhi on high alert

Last Updated: Sat, Dec 29, 2012 10:31 hrs

New Delhi, Dec 29 (IBNS) As clamour for justice and reforms grew louder over the death of the Delhi gangrape victim, the authorities clamped down restrictions in the national capital closing metro stations and barring protesters and mourners from moving close to India Gate and other high security areas.

Jantar Mantar and Ramlila Grounds are two sites that the Delhi Police chose for the protesters even as Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit appealed to Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to allow protesters access to India Gate, the ground zero of protests earlier where the stir had turned violent.

The high security areas of Delhi like the roads on which the residences of Prime Minister, President and other top politicians are located were sealed.

Movement towards Rashtrapati Bhavan has been restricted.

At least ten metro stations in Delhi were closed down.

Pragati Maidan, Mandi House, Barakhamba Road, Rajiv Chowk, Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhawan, Race Course, Jor Bagh and Khan Market are the stations that were closed though interchange facility is allowed at Rajiv Chowk.

Top politicians and cops have appealed for peace.

"I request everyone to maintain peace and calm and call upon the authorities to take all necessary steps to bring the perpetrators of this ghastly crime to justice," said President Pranab Mukherjee in his message.

Prime Minister said: "It would be a true homage to her memory if we are able to channelize these emotions and energies into a constructive course of action."

While people have started pouring in on the streets of the national capital, protests were planned across India.

The 23-year-old Delhi girl, whose brutal gang-rape on a moving bus on Dec 16 triggered nationwide protests, died in a hospital in Sinagpore early on Saturday after her vital organs failed.

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