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Delhi gang-rape: Candlelight vigil disrupted, home minister appeals for calm

Sunday, 23 December 2012 - 10:14am IST Updated: Sunday, 23 December 2012 - 11:10pm IST | Agency: DNA

Police detain protestors at India Gate.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 10:16 IST

Protestors resist detention as they lie under a bus to stop it from moving.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 10:17 IST

The tyres of the bus have been deflated and the windows shattered as the protestors resist.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 10:18 IST

Police had earlier asked youngsters protesting against the gang-rape of a paramedical student to stage demonstrations either at Jantar Mantar or Ramlila Maidan.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 10:19 IST

Anticipating more protests on the gang-rape of a young girl, seven Delhi Metro stations near Raisina Hill and India Gate were closed for public.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 10:26 IST

Last night it was decided to close four stations -- Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhawan and Race Course -- but this morning it was extended to three more -- Barakhamba, Mandi House and Khan Market.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 10:26 IST

"Protestors may go to Ramlila Maidan or Jantar Mantar. Traffic has been diverted from Vijay Chowk and Rajpath," a Delhi Police statement said.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 10:26 IST

It said prohibitory orders under section 144 of CrPC have been issued in New Delhi area except Jantar Mantar.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 10:26 IST

All routes to Rashtrapati Bhavan have been barricaded.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 10:35 IST

Paramiltary forces and police security increase around India Gate as women constables are brought in.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 10:39 IST

Protests continue but are toned down.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 10:40 IST

Police appeal to the people to vacate area near India Gate and to move towards Jantar Mantar.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 10:49 IST

Protestors refuse to leave as they deflate another bus tyres and lie below it chanting slogans of "We want justice."

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 10:50 IST

Protesters assembled near India Gate  and were asked to vacate the location by the police which said the area was under Section 144 of CrPC which bans the assembly of four or more persons.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 10:59 IST

As protesters remained defiant, police forcibly removed them from the spot.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 10:59 IST

Women protesters alleged that they were manhandled by male police personnel though women police were present at the spot.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 10:59 IST

The police clamped prohibitory orders in New Delhi district and asked protesters to stage demonstrations either at Jantar Mantar or Ramlila Maidan.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 11:00 IST

Commuters headed towards central Delhi were at the receiving end of a security clampdown to contain protests against the gangrape of a young girl as the police put up barricades on Rajpath and closing down Metro stations near India Gate and Raisina Hill.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 11:36 IST

The police set up barricades throughout Rajpath and did not allow vehicular movement on the stretch that leads to Raisina Hill.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 11:36 IST

Though the commuters were less in the morning it being Sunday, the few who chose to take the Metro to reach these destinations were put to hardship as they unaware of the announcement made late last night by DMRC.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 11:36 IST

Several people, who were headed to Connaught Place from south Delhi, had to take longer routes as the police did not allow traffic on Rajpath.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 11:36 IST

Apart from some minor scuffles and arguments, overall police practiced restrained. Police personnel were seen requesting the protesters to either go to Ramlila Maidan or Jantar Mantar to protest.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 11:55 IST

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday morning met the students protesting outside her 10, Janpath house demanding justice for the 23-year-old gang-rape victim and death penalty for rapists.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 12:02 IST

This was the second time the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson met the protesters, some of whom had been camping outside her house in the chilly winter weather.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 12:02 IST

Gandhi came out of her residence past midnight and assured them that "justice will be delivered".

According to one of the protesters, the Congress president spent about 20 minutes with the group of 40-50 students and assured them that she was "with them".

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 12:02 IST

She also promised that she would meet them again in the morning. After her assurance, the group then dispersed.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 12:02 IST

On Sunday morning, according to some students, she met a few women protesters and assured them her support. She said the UPA government was "serious" about the case.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 12:02 IST

The health of the 23-year-old Delhi gang-rape victim worsened on Sunday morning.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 12:08 IST

Doctors at the Safdarjung Hospital where the vicitm is admitted said she was facing respiratory problems.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 12:10 IST

The doctors added that they may have to put the victim back on ventilator.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 12:11 IST

Baba Ramdev joins protestors.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 12:14 IST

Aam Aadmi Party's Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia sat on a dharna near Hyderabad House on Ashoka Road, close to India Gate.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 12:18 IST

"The people's anger is understandable. The government inaction, apathy and arrogance are intolerable. But I would appeal all not to indulge in violence. Section 144 (prohibitory orders) in whole of New Delhi is unprecedented. The government is scared of people. The government is at war with the people. How can the government prevent unarmed people from peacefully protesting? Section 144 must be defied to save democracy," Kejriwal said.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 12:18 IST

Kejriwal also demanded that a special session of Parliament be convened to enact a strong law against rapists and setting up of fast track courts.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 12:18 IST

Protests also took place near Safdurjung hospital, where the victim is admitted.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 12:19 IST

Sonia Gandhi assured protestors that the gang-rape case will be fast-tracked.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 12:43 IST

Anna Hazare extends his support to the protests by youngsters demanding justice for the Delhi gang-rape victim.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 12:49 IST

The large-scale protests in India over the gang rape of a girl in a moving bus has attracted the attention of American media which blamed it on poor law and order and a lacklustre criminal justice system.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 13:05 IST

A group of protesters, agitating against the gang-rape of a 23-year-old met Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi during which the Congress top leaders assured speedy action while refusing to give a time-frame for it.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 13:23 IST

After the nearly 90-minute meeting, the protesters said demonstrations would not end, but, at the same time, appealed for calm.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 13:24 IST

The protesters, who refused to be identified, met the Gandhis at Sonia's 10, Janpath residence where Minister of State for Home Affairs RPN Singh and Congress leader Renuka Chaudhury also joined the discussions.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 13:24 IST

Rahul Gandhi told them that they are for bringing in changes but echoed his mother remarks, saying they need time and all the changes could not be done in a very short span of time.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 13:24 IST

The protesters blocked traffic on Ashoka Road and there were serpentine queues of vehicles near India Gate.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 13:26 IST

Some of the agitators vent their anger at a DTC checking vehicle, smashing its window panes.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 13:26 IST

From near Rail Bhavan, some protesters tried to reach Raisina Hills but were prevented by the police.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 13:26 IST

Hundreds of people, mainly the young continued their noisy protests against the gang-rape of a woman, sparking off sporadic clashes with polices.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 14:13 IST

Having barricaded all roads leading to the Rashtrapati Bhavan and nearby government offices, security forces sprayed water at a large crowd shouting slogans against Delhi Police and demanding death to the rapists.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 14:14 IST

Police also used batons on the protesters who defied prohibitory orders banning the assembly of five or more people in the city centre. But seeing the mass anger, police later allowed protests at the India Gate area.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 14:14 IST

A large gathering of mainly yoga guru Baba Ramdev supporters was also massed about a kilometre away near the Jantar Mantar monument.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 14:14 IST

The protesters played hide and seek with police and the Rapid Action Force (RAF), now withdrawing from one point and surging ahead elsewhere.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 14:14 IST

The main battleground was the India Gate hexagon, from which roads lead to all parts of Delhi.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 14:15 IST

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit appealed for calm but said she did not approve of police action against young men and women who have taken to the streets.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 14:15 IST

Police appeared to be relatively restrained and repeatedly requested -- at times with folded hands -- demonstrators to vacate areas where prohibitory orders are in force.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 14:15 IST

Yoga guru Ramdev has vowed to throw his weight behind what began as a spontaneous movement of the young against the gang-rape and the thrashing of her male friend.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 14:15 IST

Some protesters indulged in violence as they stopped East Delhi MP Sandeep Dikshit at India Gate, heckled him and damaged his car as well as a government jeep ferrying officials and clashed with the police while trying to march towards Raisina Hill, where Rashtrapati Bhavan and key government ministries are located.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 14:48 IST

Central Delhi faced huge traffic chaos due to a security clampdown on Rajpath even as protesters blocked roads near India Gate.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 14:48 IST

Teargas shells were lobbed at the agitators near India Gate at around one PM as they tried to enter Rajpath to head towards Raisina Hill. However, later they were allowed to proceed in a bid to ease traffic on the radial road.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 14:48 IST

The protesters then tried to cross the barricades and clashed with the police who resorted to the use of water cannons.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 14:49 IST

Hordes of people were seen protesting at the India Gate on Sunday, raising anti-government slogans and holding placards that demanded justice and respect for women

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 15:18 IST

Baba Ramdev heads to Ramlila Maidan with his protestors.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 15:51 IST

At least one car and a police van were vandalised.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 15:59 IST

Ramdev entered the capital standing atop a moving bus. He and his followers came in 20 buses and proceeded to the area near Jantar Mantar, also in the heart of the capital.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 16:00 IST

Violence erupted at India Gate when protesters pelted stones and fought a pitched battles using rods with the police which repeatedly lobbed teargas shells, resorted to use of water jets and used force to disperse the agitators.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 16:11 IST

The police resorted to lobbing several teargas shells and use of force to disperse the crowd on Rajpath near the War Memorial, injuring several people including some media persons.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 16:12 IST

The protesters damaged the barricades erected on the lawns for Republic Day functions next month, damaged vehicles and even blocked traffic around India Gate and its arterial roads for hours.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 16:12 IST

Some protesters used rods to attack policemen, eyewitnesses said.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 16:12 IST

Central Delhi faced huge traffic chaos due to a security clampdown on Rajpath even as protesters blocked roads near India Gate.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 16:15 IST

The situation along Rajpath, the central thoroughfare leading from India Gate to Rashtrapati Bhavan, appears to be spinning out of control, with protesters and security personnel clashing violently.

Barricades set up across various intersections on the route have been thrown aside or dismantled, as the crowd’s anger is being vented on the law enforcement authorities inspite of the imposition of prohibitory orders.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 17:02 IST

Special commissioner of police, law and order, Dharmendra Kumar told the reporters that all the demands of the protestors have been met with.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 17:08 IST
Sheila Dikshit convenes an emergency cabinet meeting this evening to discuss the prevailing situation arising out of large-scale protests against the gangrape of a young girl in New Delhi.
Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 17:41 IST

Violence erupts between protestors and police at India Gate. The police has shut all roads leading towards the venue. All routes leading to Rashtrapati Bhavan have also been barricaded. The police lathicharged without warning. 8 metros stations have been shut down. Rajpath, Vijay Chowk, Janpath, Rafi marg have been blocked.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 17:49 IST

The Safdarjung hospital is to issue a medical bulletin on the patients condition at 7 30 pm.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 17:53 IST

According to TV reports, protestors and senior citizens have been injured due to sudden lathicharge by the police at India Gate in New Delhi.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 18:17 IST

A constable is battling for life in a government hospital after he was critically injured in violence at India Gate where people were protesting the gangrape of a young girl in a moving bus here.

"Constable Subhash Tomar is fighting for his life," Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar said.

Protesters and police were clashing continuously at India Gate during the day. Doctors said the constable has suffered critical injuries.

Several other policemen were also injured in the incident.

Around 100 protesters, including media personnel, were also injured in violence.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 19:10 IST

Platelet count of the gang-rape victim is fluctuating, doctors catering to 23-year-old woman said. Though her condition is stable, she is still not out of danger.

Meanwhile, protests against assault on the woman reached across country when cities like Mumbai, Chennai and Lucknow witnessed demonstrations in solidarity with the victim on Sunday.

Delhi police said that peaceful protests in the city were marred by hooliganism.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 20:30 IST

Delhi police commissioner said that they were forced to crck down on protesters demonstrating against rape of 23-year-old woman at India gate as the peaceful march was hijacked by anti-social elements.

He also said that protests at India Gate will not be allowed though people can protest at Jantar Manter.

The top cop admitted that there may be lapses in security by the police.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 20:54 IST

Delhi police commissioner said that they were forced to crck down on protesters demonstrating against rape of 23-year-old woman at India gate as the peaceful march was hijacked by anti-social elements.

He also said that protests at India Gate will not be allowed though people can protest at Jantar Manter.

The top cop admitted that there may be lapses in security by the police.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 20:54 IST

Minister of state said that the government has accepted all the demands of the protesters. The commissioner of police regretted lathi-charge on protesters demonstrating against rape of 23-year-old para-medical student in Delhi. Neeraj Kumar said he was not quitting over the issue of rape.

"We have met all the demands of the protesters. A committee has been constituted under retired Supreme Court judge. Gyan Krishnan, a senior lawyer, has volunteered to take up the case for the prosecution," said Dharmendra Kumar, Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order).

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 21:48 IST

A Delhi Police Constable was tonight battling for life after he was severely beaten up near India Gate by protesters who had gathered to demand security for women in the capital in the wake of last week's gang-rape incident.

On a day hooligans took over and violence erupted in India Gate in which 78 policemen and 65 protesters were injured, police fired 250 teargas shells, repeatedly used water jets and resorted to baton charge.

Among the 78 policemen injured were Joint Commissioner (Central) Taj Hasan, Additional Commissioner (New Delhi) K C Dwivedi, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer) B S Jaiswal and Additional Deputy Commissioner (New Delhi) Sanjay Tyagi.

"Constable Subhash Tomar is fighting for his life at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital," Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar said.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 22:13 IST

In a late night clampdown, police tonight cleared protesters staging a candlelight vigil at India Gate.

Around 150-200 protesters were at the war memorial at around 10.20 pm when policemen in riot gear arrived at the scene and asked them to vacate the spot.

When the protesters refused, they were physically lifted out of the area.

The protesters then carried out a march near India Gate.

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 22:51 IST

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