NEW DELHI: In a move to ward off many protests in the city center following the death of the gang-rape victim, Delhi police announced Saturday that India Gate and nearby areas will be out of bounds for the public.
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.
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.