TV report says Delhi CM Dikshit wants restrictions on peaceful protests lifted

Last Updated: Sat, Dec 29, 2012 08:00 hrs

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit is reported to have asked Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to lift the security-related restrictions on the holding of peaceful demonstrations in memory of the dead 23-year-old woman who was gang raped on the night of December 16.

Reacting to the move by the police to close down key areas of the city, including the central part of the capital comprising India Gate and Raisina Hill, the television channel Zee News quoted highly placed sources, as saying: "The Chief Minister feels there should not be any restrictions on holding peaceful demonstrations in and around India Gate."

They said Dikshit's views have been conveyed to Shinde.

A large number of police personnel were deployed at Rajpath, the stretch connecting India Gate and Raisina Hill where large scale protests were witnessed last weekend.

Ten Metro stations in Central Delhi were closed down for an indefinite period, as a precautionary measure by Delhi Police to prevent protesters from reaching India Gate.

The Central and Delhi Governments had earlier on Saturday issued orders for beefing up of security in key areas of the national capital, in anticipation of widespread protests over the death of the 23-year-old medical student.

As per latest reports, ten Metro stations - Pragati Maidan, Mandi House, Barakhamba Road, Rajiv Chowk, Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhawan, Race Course, Khan Market and Jorbagh - will remain closed, as the administration fears large scale protests.

The Delhi Police has announced that India Gate and its surrounding areas that comprise the capital's power centre would be out of bounds for the general public.

The girl, who was admitted to Singapore's well-known multi-organ transplant facility-Mount Elizabeth Hospital - earlier this week in an extremely critical condition, died at 4:45 a.m. Singapore time (2:15 a.m. IST). She was earlier treated at Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital.

The body of the victim will be flown to India by a special chartered aircraft this afternoon, announced Indian High Commissioner to Singapore T.C.A. Raghavan.

Jawaharlal Nehru University students and other activists are taking part in a silent march in protest over the gang-rape victim's death.

The Delhi Police has said that it will invoke murder charges against the six men allegedly involved in the gang-rape and brutal assault of the girl.

A senior police official said as soon as they get the official report from the hospital, they will slap murder charges against the accused who were nabbed after the December 16 incident.

Police had initially booked the six men under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 201 (destruction of evidence), 365 (kidnapping or abducting), 376 (2)(g) (gang rape), 377 (unnatural offences), 394 (hurting in committing robbery) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.

The girl had boarded the bus, thinking it to be a legitimate public carriage, from Munirka but was attacked and gang-raped even as her male friend accompanying her tried to protect her. He was also injured in the incident.

Police sources said they are planning to file the charge sheet in a court early next week. The arrested persons are driver Ram Singh, his brother Mukesh, Akshay Thakur, Pavan and Vinay. The sixth person apprehended claimed that he is a minor and police have sought the court's permission to get a bone check to ascertain his age.

The girl, who was admitted to Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore in an extremely critical condition, breathed her last at 4:45 am (2:15 am India time). She was earlier treated at the Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi.(ANI)

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