India Gate, Raisina Hill fortified as Delhi Police urges people to maintain calm

Last Updated: Sat, Dec 29, 2012 05:40 hrs

The Delhi Police has urged people to maintain calm in wake of death of the gang-rape victim in a Singapore Hospital, announcing that India Gate, Raisina Hill and its surrounding areas that comprise the national capital's power centre would be closed for the general public.

The police ramped up security to prevent any potential flare up of violence or protests as the gang rape victim died of her injuries in a Singapore hospital.

The 23-year-old paramedical student, severely beaten, raped and thrown out of a moving bus in New Delhi two weeks ago, had been flown to Singapore in a critical condition by the Indian government on Thursday for specialist treatment.

Jt. Commissioner Traffic Satyendra Garg said: "Entire Central Vista including Rajpath, Vijay Chowk and all road leading to India Gate will be closed for general traffic, Kamal Attaturk Marg also closed. All travellers are advised to avoid these roads."

Ten stations Pragati Maidan, Mandi House, Barakhamba Road, Rajiv Chowk, Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhawan, Race Course, Khan Market and Jorbagh will remain closed.

A large number of police personnel were deployed at Rajpath, the stretch connecting India Gate and Raisina Hill where larges cale protests were witnessed last weekend, and roads leading to this was closed.

Protests over the lack of safety for women erupted across India after the attack, culminating last weekend in pitched battles between police and protesters in the heart of New Delhi.

New Delhi has been on edge since the weekend clashes. Hundreds of policemen have been deployed on the streets of the capital and streets leading to the main protest site, the India Gate war memorial, have been shut for long periods, severely disrupting traffic in the city of 16 million.

Fearing more clashes, the government intensified the security and has deployed riot control forces in New Delhi.

Expressing her grief Chief of Delhi state, Sheila Dikshit described the death of the victim as a "shameful moment" for her.

"The passing away of this brave girl comes as truly and terribly said news. She fought very courageously and in the process, shook our conscience. It is a shameful moment for me, just not as a chief minister but also as a citizen of this great city," she said.

In the wake of the sensitive situation, Dikshit requested the people of the city to remain calm and peaceful.

Armed security men were seen patrolling in high-risk zones and had barricaded roads leading to prominent places and to central Delhi. (ANI)

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