Roads to India Gate remain closed

The New Delhi district, mainly India Gate area, remained out of bounds for the public, as police restrictions continued on Sunday.

The restrictions were imposed on Saturday after the 23-year-old gangrape victim succumbed to injuries in Mount Elizabeth hospital, Singapore. The woman's death was announced at 2.15 IST, following which more than 6,000 security personnel were deployed in New Delhi district.

Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said: "The restrictions at Rajpath are part of Republic Day arrangements and will continue. Security in other areas will be relaxed after reviewing the situation."

Of the 10 Metro stations that were closed on Saturday, five were opened at 1 pm on Sunday.

Security personnel from Delhi Police (41 companies) and paramilitary forces (28 companies) were deployed and all arterial roads leading to India Gate remained closed for the second consecutive day. Prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC were imposed across the district, except at Jantar Mantar where the protesters were allowed to gather on Sunday morning.

The Prime Minister's residence, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's house and 10, Janpath, had strong police presence.

Police kept water cannons, tear gas shells and ambulances on standby in preparation for any untoward incident and to curb any violence.

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