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Delhi Police seal off city centre; 10 Metro stations shut

IANS  New Delhi, December 29, 2012
First Published: 08:42 IST(29/12/2012) | Last Updated: 17:21 IST(13/12/2013)

Anticipating protests following the death of the 23-year-old gang-rape victim, Delhi Police on Saturday stepped up security in the capital closing India Gate and Raisina Hill for the public besides 10 Metro stations.

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

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Delhi Police commissioner Neeraj Kumar asked people to maintain calm across the city, according to a statement from his office.

Police said they would allow people to hold peaceful demonstrations only in some areas and hundreds of policemen have been deployed to prevent any violence on the streets.

Kumar on Friday night tweeted, "praying hard for the rape victim will ensure accused are given severest punishment and quickly Reqst ppl to stay calm and maintain peace."

A senior police official said the entire central Vista including Rajpath, Vijay Chowk and all roads leading to India Gate will be closed for general traffic.

"Kamal Attaturk Marg also closed. All traveller advised to avoid these roads," the official said.

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 the India Gate.

The stations which will remain out of bounds for people are Pragati Maidan, Mandi House, Barakhamba Road, Rajiv Chowk, Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhawan, Race Course, Jor Bagh and Khan Market.

However, inter-change facility will be available at Rajiv Chowk and Central Secretariat stations, DMRC officials said.

India Gate and Raisina Hill had witnessed violent protests against the gang-rape and police resorted to baton charge, water cannons and lobbing teargas shells to disperse protesters.

Constable Subhash Tomar died last Sunday during violent protests.

(With AFP input)

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