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Protests, ruckus outside courtroom ahead of the verdict

Mallica Joshi and Harish V Nair, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, September 11, 2013
First Published: 00:02 IST(11/9/2013) | Last Updated: 00:15 IST(11/9/2013)

Emotion ran high inside and outside Court No. 304 on the third floor of Saket District court complex where the judgment of the Delhi gangrape case was pronounced on Tuesday.

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Public were frisked right from morning at the three-layer security put in place at all entry points owing to the threat perception surrounding the four accused

Group of protestors began shouting slogans demanding death sentence for all the accused much before 10:30 am when the court was expected to pronounce the verdict.

“We have been part of the protest since the very beginning and have been tracking the case since it started. Our main demand is that the guilty must be hanged. We also demand death penalty for all rapists,” said Vikas Tyagi, leading the protesters.

A large posse of print and TV journalists descended in the court as early as 8:30. With the case making international headlines, there were many from the foreign media too.

The crowd grew outside the courtroom with the time and in the meanwhile the court deferred the pronouncement to 12:30. A scuffle broke out between waiting media persons and policemen on security duty when restrictions were announced on media entry into the courtroom.

TV journalists created a ruckus outside the court when a court staff emerged and announced that the judge has barred their entry into the courtroom.

“The high court while lifting the complete gag order  had only permitted Indian news agencies, print media and three foreign news agencies and TV channels were not allowed entry. That order still prevails”, he said prompting stiff protests from the TV journalists.

When the judge pronounced the verdict at 12:30, sobs of one of the accused Vinay rang out in the packed room.  As family members of  other accused stood stunned on hearing the verdict and wept, the mother of the victim demanded death sentence for the four.   

“My clients were not even there at the time of the crime. The police have wrongly implicated them to save themselves from public outrage. We will certainly appeal against the verdict in the High court,” said advocate AP Singh, lawyer for Vinay and Akshay.


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