Protestors stop Sheila Dikshit from entering Jantar Mantar

Protestors stop Sheila Dikshit from entering Jantar Mantar New Delhi, Dec. 29 : Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had to return empty handed from Jantar Mantar on Saturday afternoon after protestors blocked her from entering the area.

Dikshit went to Jantar Mantar to talk to people who are holding silent protest there following the death of the 23-year-old Delhi gang rape victim.

The Chief Minister visited the site to light a candle in the memory of the gang-rape victim, but angry people started shouting slogans against her.

Earlier on Saturday morning, reacting to the move by the police to close down key areas of the city, including the central part of the capital comprising India Gate and Raisina Hill, the television channel Zee News quoted highly placed sources, as saying: "The Chief Minister feels there should not be any restrictions on holding peaceful demonstrations in and around India Gate."

They said Dikshit's views have been conveyed to Shinde. A large number of police personnel were deployed at Rajpath, the stretch connecting India Gate and Raisina Hill where large scale protests were witnessed last weekend.

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 India Gate.

The Central and Delhi Governments had earlier on Saturday issued orders for beefing up of security in key areas of the national capital, in anticipation of widespread protests over the death of the 23-year-old medical student.

The girl, who was admitted to Singapore's well-known multi-organ transplant facility -- Mount Elizabeth Hospital - earlier this week in an extremely critical condition, died at 4:45 a. m. Singapore time (2:15 a. m. IST).

The body of the victim will be flown to India by a special chartered aircraft this afternoon, announced Indian High Commissioner to Singapore T. C. A. Raghavan. (ANI)


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