Delhi gang-rape protests Live: Fierce clashes between police, protesters

police-use-teargas-water-cannons-to-against-protestersNew Delhi: Hundreds of people, mainly the young, on Sunday continued their noisy protests against the gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman, sparking off sporadic clashes with polices.

Having barricaded all roads leading to the Rashtrapati Bhavan and nearby government offices, security forces sprayed water at a large crowd shouting slogans against the Delhi police and demanding death to the rapists. Eight Delhi Metro stations were shut today, but that seemed to have no impact on the crowds.

  • Clashes between supporters of Baba Ramdev and police at Jantar Mantar.
  • The rape victim is undergoing a minor surgery at Safdarjung Hospital.
  • Gang-rape accused Ram Singh, Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma have been sent to 14-day judicial custody.
  • Protesters, police pelt stones at each other.
  • Protesters pelt stones at police at India Gate. Police fire tear-gas.
  • Scores of buses filled with protesters, led by Baba Ramdev on top of the lead bus, reach Jantar Mantar.
  • Central Delhi faced huge traffic chaos due to a security clampdown on Rajpath even as protesters blocked roads near India Gate.
  • The fifth accused, a minor, in the gang-rape case has agreed for Test Identification Parade, which will take place on December 26.
  • Protesters refuse to budge from India Gate and Rajpath.
  • Some protesters indulged in violence as they stopped East Delhi MP Sandeep Dikshit at India Gate, heckled him and damaged his car.
  • Section 144 lifted at India Gate. Peaceful protests permitted.
  • Police lathi-charge protesters near Rail Bhavan, say reports.
  • Police use water cannons against protestors.
  • Police stop Baba Ramdev near Pragati Maidan from joining protesters.
  • Defying prohibitory orders, protesters reach Rajpath again.
  • Addressing media outside 10, Janpath along with a delegate of students who met Sonia Gandhi, Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs Ratanjit Pratap Narain Singh said the students have been assured that the case would be fast-tracked and be included in the rarest of the rare bracket.
  • Gang-rape victim’s health deteriorates, say doctors.
  • Meeting between Congress president Sonia Gandhi and protesters over. Rahul Gandhi also took part. According to some students, Sonia Gandhi assured women protesters her support.
  • Sitting on a dharna near Hyderabad House on Ashoka Road, Aam Aadmi Party leaders, Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia, said: “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”.
  • The Delhi police give permission to protesters to continue their protests at Ramlila Maidan.
  • Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit said a strong law will be made. She will meet Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde today. Urging people to stay calm, the Delhi CM said that police should have taken preventive measures earlier.
  • Protesters being dispersed from India Gate. Some protesters are meeting with Sonia Gandhi.
  • Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal tweets: “Sec 144 in whole of New Delhi? Unprecedented. Govt of India scared of People of India. Govt of India at war with people of India”.
  • Police urge protestors to move to Jantar Mantar or Ramlila Maidan, say reports.
  • Protesters reach Sonia Gandhi’s residence, 10 Janpath.
  • Reports say Pragati Maidan metro station has also been closed till further orders besides seven others.
  • Delhi police say protest banned at Jantar Mantar.
  • Baba Ramdev to join protesters later today.
  • Seven metro stations near India Gate and Raisina Hill have already been closed from this morning till further orders. 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.
  • Prohibitory orders not in place at Jantar Mantar.
  • Protesters removed from India Gate and Vijay Chowk.
  • Huge number of security personnel has been deployed at India Gate, Vijay Chowk.
  • Protesters shouted slogans inside the bus.
  • Police evacuated a number of protesters from Raisina Hill and outside Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s residence where they had stayed put since last night.
  • Around 6:30 am, police suddenly made announcements about clamping Section 144 of CrPC prohibiting assembly of more than four persons in the New Delhi district and herded the protesters into the buses.
  • Congress president Sonia Gandhi, in a surprise move on Saturday night, had came out of her residence and met protesters. According to a protester, Gandhi told them “I am with you. I can’t tell when the justice will be delivered, but surely it will be. We will do something.”

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