New Delhi: Anticipating more protests on the gangrape of a young girl, eight Delhi Metro stations near Raisina Hill and India Gate were on Sunday closed for public. 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 including Barakhamba, Mandi House, Khan Market and Pragati Maidan.
Though the commuters were less in the morning it being Sunday, the few who chose to take Metro to reach these destinations were put to hardship as they unaware of the announcement made late last night by DMRC. Delhi Metro's decision came on the directions of Delhi Police.
The stations will remain closed till further orders. "The stations will remain closed till DMRC gets further orders from the Delhi Police. All the four stations are close to India Gate. However, interchange will be allowed at Central Secretariat station," DMRC officials said.
The decision was taken after protests over the gangrape of a young girl erupted at Raisina Hill, the seat of power. Thousands of youth clashed with police undeterred by the repeated use of water cannons, teargas shells and baton charge since Saturday.