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Gangrape protests: What happened at India Gate

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Dec 23, 2012 at 10:46pm IST

New Delhi: 9:17 pm: Fast-track courts will be set up with day-to-day hearing. The case will be started in the next 48-72 hours. We have made the commitment in the morning. We are going to make Delhi more safe: RPN Singh, MOS Home.

9:16 pm: Senior officers of Delhi Police if found to be lacking taking responsibility then strict action will be taken against them: RPN Singh, MOS Home.

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9:14 pm: We have inputs on elements behind the violence today. I apologise to both young boys and girls who got beaten up, but lumpen elements were behind the violence that erupted at India Gate. I want to assure the people that culprits will not get away: RPN Singh, MOS Home.

9:09 pm: India is in anger, dismayed and in agony, says BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad.

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9:09 pm: I am ready to talk to anybody, says RPN Singh. "We have one policeman who is critically injured and several policemen who are injured. The government has agreed to all the demand of the protestors," said Singh.

9:08 pm "We had plan to go to India Gate yesterday. But the police were of the view that situation could go out of control if we went to India Gate: RPN SINGH, MOS Home.

8:42 pm: Anti-gangrape protests have been hijacked by lumpen elements: Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar. One policeman Subhash Tomar is battling for life.

I respect Delhi Chief Minister, but I don't believe in quitting: Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar.

8.00 Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit after meeting Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, to review law and order situation in the capital, said that highest officer of the area should be held responsible.

6:30 pm Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit writes to Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde.

6:25 pm More protesters return to India Gate, appeal for peace.

6:15 pm Some protesters make their way back to India Gate, vent their anger against Delhi Police.

6:00 pm Former Army Chief General VK Singh called the protests a legitimate protest. "What has happened shows the insensitive way to deal with such situations by Delhi Police. Why could not they just request the protesters. What was the need to use force? This is a legitimate cause and people have a legitimate right to protest," said General Singh.

5:50 pm Police clear India Gate, drive away protesters.

5:25 pm Delhi Police use water cannons, lathicharge protesters at India Gate.

5:20 Delhi Police lob more tear gas shells at protesters, who were getting violent at India Gate.

5:00 pm Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit is expected to meet Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde at 7 pm.

4:15 pm Protesters set barricades on fire at India Gate.

3:48 pm Clashes between protesters and police intensify.

3:15 pm Some protesters seen hurling stones at police personnel at India Gate.

2:45 pm Police lob tear gas shells on protesters, try to clear the crowd from India Gate.

2.06 pm: The sixth accused, a minor, in the gangrape case has agreed for Test Identification Parade (TIP), which will be held on December 26.

1.36 pm: "Protesters need to be addressed by the solution makers like Chief Minister, Lt Governor, Police Commissioner. The youth needs to be addressed properly. There is not a single woman in India including me who has not been harassed," says former IPS officer and anti-corruption activist Kiran Bedi. She further added that police need to show patience.

1.35 pm: Ramdev demanded capital punishment for the accused. "We want a fast-track court on such cases," he said. He also condemned police action against protesters and said if he and his supporters will be stopped, they will walk bare foot.

1.27: Police use water cannons to disperse crowds at India Gate.

1.21 pm: Around 20 buses carrying Baba Ramdev's supporters were stopped as they were heading towards India Gate.

1.16 pm: Entire Ring Road from Pragati Maidan to India Gate in New Delhi is jammed following protests.

1.07 pm: Heavy deployment of police on UP-Delhi border.

12.54 pm: Protesters return to India Gate.

12.24 pm: "Sonia Gandhi had called a meeting with the protesters, she heard all their demands and suggestions. We appeal to protesters to maintain peace," says MoS Home RPN Singh.

12.20 pm: Protesters say Rahul Gandhi told them that the government will take time to amend the laws.

12.19 pm: "Sonia has assured that the accused will be given harsh punishment. We will meet the jugde also. We are Indians, we won't give out our names. We will go to Jantar Mantar to protest," say protesters after meeting Sonia Gandhi at 10 Janpath.

12.17 pm: Sonia meets protesters again, assures tough action against culprits.

11.43 am: Condition of the victim has deteriorated. Doctors say she is facing respiratory problems again. She might have to be put on ventilator again.

11.17 am: Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit appeals to protesters to calm down and asks police not to resort to lathicharge. "Section 144 should have been imposed earlier if the police had sensed a massive protest. Tear gas and lathicharge should be a last resort," she said.

10.52 am: Aam Adami Party National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal condemns prohibitory orders in Delhi. He says he along with his friends will defy Section 144 in the city. "Government of India in war with people of India," tweets Kejriwal.

10.39 am: Heavy deployment of CRPF and Delhi Police at India Gate.

10.07: Protesters defy detention as police crack down at India Gate.

9.20 am: Prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC have been imposed in New Delhi district except Jantar Mantar. Protesters may go to Ramlila Maidan or Jantar Mantar. Traffic has been diverted from Vijay Chowk and Rajpath.

9.19 am: Rajpath, C Hexagon to Vijay Chowk, Rajpath crossing, Rafi Marg, Janpath, Mansingh Road are blocked: Delhi Police.

9.18 am: As per the advisory from Delhi Police, metro stations at Barakhamba, Mandi House and Khan Market have also been shut.

8.26 am: All routes leading to Rashtrapati Bhawan have been barricaded. Vijay Chowk has been completely cleared by police. Police have urged protesters to move to Ramlila ground. "We will not let protesters gather at India gate, if people try to enter the area they will be detained," said a Delhi Police official.

7.38 am: Police have evacuated protestors from Vijay Chowk and India Gate. Section 144 has been imposed in the New Delhi district.

The otherwise sleepy Raisini Hill was on Saturday night abuzz with activity with a large number of youths shouting slogans against the government and holding candlelight vigil to protest against the gangrape of a young girl in a moving bus in the national capital on the fateful night of November 16. It's been a week since the incident but protests have refused to die down with hundreds taking to the street in Delhi.

As the protesters braved the winter chill in the national capital and held overnight protests at India Gate and Vijay Chowk near Parliament, police on Sunday early morning evacuated them from the areas and took them away in a bus. Protesters were also picked up from outside Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's residence - 10, Janpath. Section 144 has also been imposed in New Delhi district and four metro stations near India Gate - Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhawan and Race Course - have been shut from Sunday morning till further orders.

Meanwhile, the 23-year-old gangrape victim has been off the ventilator support system for almost two days now. Doctors at Safdarjung hospital - where she is undergoing treatment - said she is responding well and is psychologically composed. Doctors also tried to take her off the bed and made her take a few steps. They said they would continue with the exercise but it would still take some time before she could actually walk on her own.

Two of the six accused arrested on Friday were brought to Delhi on Saturday. While one accused was sent to three-day police custody, the other being a minor was sent to a remand home. The victim had given her statement to the sub-divisional magistrate on Saturday and Delhi Police said it was a very "bold statement".

Union Minister Sushilkumar Shinde had on Saturday announced a slew of measures to contain rape incidents in the country. But his announcement couldn't cut much ice with the protesters as they continued to shout slogans against the government. He said the "government will see if the existing rape laws can be enhanced", adding that he will consult the Law Ministry for the provision of death penalty.

Shinde had further assured that action would be taken against the errant policemen who were on duty at checkposts on the fateful night, adding that four to five of them would be suspended. In fact, eight of them were suspended on Saturday morning.

Meanwhile, more protests have been planned across the country on Sunday. At 8 am at India Gate, cycling groups from across Delhi, accompanied by joggers, skate-boarders and others, will walk from Rajpath to the Rajtrapati Bhawan, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's residence and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's house. India Against Corruption activists will flag off a protest at Jantar Mantar at 3 pm. In Chennai, Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party and Tamil actress Trisha will be holding protests, while protests have also been planned in Mumbai, Bhopal, Hyderabad and Bangalore.

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