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PM on Delhi-gang rape: Anger, anguish justified

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December 23, 2012

23:18  Candlelight vigil disrupted at India Gate:   In a late night clampdown, police cleared protesters staging a candlelight vigil at India Gate.

Around 150-200 protesters were at the war memorial at around 10:20 pm when policemen in riot gear arrived at the scene and asked them to vacate the spot. When the protesters refused, they were physically lifted out of the area.

The protesters then carried out a march near India Gate.
22:57  Rape protests: 7 Metro stations to remain closed tomorrow :  Seven Metro stations in Central Delhi will remain closed tomorrow as well, the Delhi Metro announced tonight after protests continued near India Gate for the second day today over the gang-rape incident.

Pragati Maidan, Mandi House, Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhawan, Khan Market and Race Course will remain closed tomorrow as well.

However, Barakhamba Road which was closed today will remain open.
22:44  PM on Delhi-gang rape: Anger, anguish justified:  Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Sunday night, "I assure safety and security to all women in this country. The anger and anguish at this ghastly incident (Delhi gang-rape) is justified."  
22:38  All protesters sent back from India Gate :  Police cleared out India Gate by late Sunday night. All protestors have been sent back.  
22:21  Home Minister pleads for calm in Delhi:  Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde appeals for peace in New Delhi. "Russian President Vladimir Putin is coming tomorrow. We should not send the wrong signals," he said.     

He said that the government will respond to protesters.     
22:03  5 sailors taken hostage by Somali pirates in 2010 freed :  Five Indian sailors on MV Iceberg freed from Somali pirates. They were taken hostage by the pirates in 2010. 
21:53  Police allows traffic movement around India Gate again, reports NDTV
21:52  Won't allow protests at India Gate: Delhi top cop:  Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar said today that there may be lapses in security.

"The protests were hijacked by anti-social elements. We had no option but to crackdown on protestor.We will not allow protests at India Gate."

He also said that he did not believe in quitting. 
21:22  Govt sorry for police crackdown: Mos for Home :  The government is sorry for police crackdown. We will assure that the culprits will not get away, said Minister of State for Home RPN Singh on CNN-IBN.

He said anti-social elements were responsible for the violence today.  

"The government has agreed to all the demands of the protestors," he added.  
21:10  Police fire tear gas at peaceful protestors in Delhi :  I have just returned from India Gate in central Delhi where police and paramilitary forces fired tear gas and water cannon at peaceful demonstrators, spectators including families, and mobile television studios at around 5pm at the end of six days of country-wide mass protests sparked by the gang rape of a young woman last Sunday night and subsequent government and police indifference, writes John Elliott, a New-Delhi based journalist.

Read a complete account of what he witnessed at India Gate, here
20:52  Cynical to politicise Delhi gang-rape: Tharoor:  Shashi Tharoor tweets on Delhi gang-rape: We are all on the same side on the gang-rape horror. It's cynical to politicize it. We all share the outrage&understand the fears of people.
20:34  Journalists injured during police action at India Gate :  Media persons, who were covering protests against the gang-rape of a young girl, today faced the brunt of police action with cops spraying water cannons on scribes and their equipment and even beating up some of them.

As protests reached a crescendo in the evening, media persons covering the protest at India Gate were allegedly targeted by the police.

A senior journalist of a leading English newspaper was beaten up despite showing his identity card. The injured journalist was taken to hospital.

A woman reporter and a camera person of separate English news channels suffered injuries when teargas shells exploded near them.
20:17  Gang-rape vicitm stable, infection still a concern:   Health update on rape victim: Doctors at Safdarjung Hospital say that a surgery was conducted this afternoon for sepsis. The victim is put back on ventilator support.

She was conscious after the operation and the victim is stable. However, infection is still a concern, the doctors said.    

20:08  Criticism may have played part in Sachin's retirement: Gavaskar:  Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar feels that consistent criticism might have played a part in influencing Sachin Tendulkar's decision to quit One Day cricket and it would have been fantastic had he gone after completing 50 ODI centuries.

Tendulkar had been struggling for runs for quite some time, leading to debates how long he should continue playing and today he announced that he will no longer play ODIs.

"I think he really cares for Indian cricket. May be whatever he saw, read and heard might have prompted him to make a call. But I feel, he knows his body well," Gavaskar said.

"He is finishing on 49 ODI hundreds. I would have loved to see him get 50 centuries. That would have been fantastic," Gavaskar told NDTV.
19:54  VIP security not excuse for poor policing: Dikshit:  Addressing the media after her meeting with Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde Delhi Chief Minister said that she was unhappy with the way the police had handled the situation in the capital in wake of the protests against the gang-rape of a 23-year-old girl.

"VIP security is not an excuse for poor policing. The buck does not stop with junior cops. Responsiblity must be fixed at the highest possible level," she added.       
19:32  Constable injured at India Gate battles for life:  A constable is battling for life in a government hospital after he was critically injured in violence at India Gate where people were protesting the gang-rape of a young girl in a moving bus in New Delhi.

"Constable Subhash Tomar is fighting for his life," Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar told PTI.
19:11  Delhi CM meets Home Minister :  Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit along with 6 cabinet ministers is currently holding a meeting with Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde at his residence.

MoS for Home Affairs RPN Singh and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath are also present at the meet.

Dikshit earlier convened an emergency meeting of her cabinet to discuss the prevailing situation arising out of large-scale protests against the gang-rape of a 23-year-old.   
19:03  50 people injured in protests in Delhi:  Over 50 people were injured in the agitation in New Delhi against the gang-rape of the 23-year-old girl. One police constable has been seriously injured.

The injured have been rushed to the hospital.    
18:56  Candles lit, protesters call for peace :  Priyanka reports: Candles have come out again near India Gate. A few people are holding banners saying peaceful protests peace.  
18:28  Protesters refuse to leave Rajpath as crackdown on:   India Gate is now soaked in water as the police use cannons to disperse protestors, reports Priyanka.

Some protestors observed some hooligans elements present in the crowd went berserk.

Even after being moved out, protestors began gathering at India Gate within minutes. They shouted slogans, "Police hai hai!."

There are less than 200 people at Rajpath. Water cannons are mounted on 3 vehicles coming from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate. Tear gas shells are still being lobbed.       
18:17  Roads leading to India Gate are closed:  Delhi traffic police tweets: Roads leading to India Gate are closed, so kindly avoid this route.
17:50  Protesters moved out of India Gate :  Police clear protestors as India Gate as mobs went violent. Tear gas shells were lobbed again to disperse protestors.

Police say they want the genuine protesters to peacefully sit so that the hooligans can be dealt with.

Two constables and two deputy commissioners were injured as they tried to control the crowds.   
17:41  Sushma appeals for calm in Delhi, demands all-party meet :   Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sushma Swaraj has appealed to protestors in New Delhi to keep calm. "Please do not resort to violence. That is not a solution," she said. 

She called on Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde to hold an all-party meet. 
17:17  Delhi protets turn violent, wooden planks set on fire :  Some unruly elements have reportedly started a fire at India Gate with wooden planks used to seat spectators during Republic Day parade, reports NDTV. They overturned a car near the protest site. 
17:09  Virbhadra Singh to take oath as Himachal CM on Dec 25 :  Himachal Pradesh Congress Legislature Party leader Virbhadra Singh to take oath as Chief Minister on December 25 in Shimla.
16:54  Sack Delhi top cop, says Congress MP Sandeep Dikshit:  East Delhi MP and Congress spokesperson Sandeep Dikshit today said that Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde must sack Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar.

Earlier in the day
angry protesters heckled Dikshit as his car was crossing India Gate.  
16:22  Delhi: 10 protesters hurt in tear gas shelling :  At least 10 people have been hurt and were seen bleeding as police fired tear gas shells on protesters at India Gate, reports's Priyanka.

They have been taken to hospitals in an emergency van.   
16:16  Delhi CM calls for cabinet meet to discuss women security:  Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit calls for a cabinet meeting at 5.30 in wake of the ongoing protests in the capital against the gang-rape of a 23-year-old.

The meeting will discuss the security of women in Delhi.

She is also expected to meet Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde at 7 pm.    
16:02  Delhi-gang rape accused appear in court:  Two of the six accused in the Delhi gang-rape case appeared in court today.

Pawan and Vinay said they don't want to undergo a test identification parade, reports NDTV

You can hang us, one of them reportedly said.

The judge is recording their statement.
15:47  Protestors clash with police at India Gate:   There as been a rise in the numbers of protestors at India Gate after police lifted Sec 144. The police fired 20 rounds of tear gas they tried to stop protestors from marching to Raisina Hill.

Protesters pelted stones at the police in reply to the tear gas being used. An unruly mob threw stones at a bus, reports NDTV.

Earlier, women protestors formed a human chain here.   
15:44  Delhi gang-rape victims undergoes another surgery:  At Safdarjung hospital, the 23-year-old rape victim is undergoing another surgery.

The doctors in the morning said that her condition has worsened and she was having trouble breathing.
15:18  Curfew imposed in Imphal:  Curfew imposed in Imphal East and Imphal West districts from 2 pm today till 6 am tomorrow following widespread violence: Official sources
14:27  Manipur: Jouro killed as stir agianst molestation turns violent:  A video journalist was killed in a firing during a protest against the alleged molestation of an actress in Imphal.

He had suffered two bullet injuries.

They actress of allegedly molested by a NSCN-IM cadre.
13:54  Delhi gangrape: Hazare calls for stricter laws:   Extending his support to the protests by youths demanding justice for the Delhi gang-rape victim, anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare on Sunday called for stringent laws and fast-track trials in such cases.

"Youths gathered on the streets to demonstrate are passionate patriots. Their anger and the non-violent ways of demonstration shows that they have full faith in the country's democratic system and the Constitution," Hazare told PTI at Ralegan Siddhi, his native place in the district on Sunday morning.
13:54  Delhi gang-rape: Rahul asked students for rational suggestions :  At the meeting with a students protesting against the Delhi gang-rape, Rahul Gandhi asked students to give suggestions rationally. 
13:48  Delhi: Water cannons fired to quell protests:   Police fire water cannons outside Rail Bhawan in New Delhi to quell protests against the gang-rape of a 23-year-old.

The crackdown continued as protestors broke police barricade. Several protestors were lathicharged.  
13:14  Police allow protestors to gather at India Gate :   The Delhi police has given permission to protestors to gather at India Gate. However, vehicles are not being allowed to enter, only protesters on foot can get in.

Earlier in the day the police at imposed Sec 144 (unlawful assembly) here.

As Section 144 has been removed there has been a sudden rise in the number of protestors.

The police had forcibly evacuated protestors from India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhvan and !0 Janpath.     
12:54  Delhi-gangrape: Monitoring situation on ground, says PMO :  The Prime Minister's Office has said that it is monitoring the situation on the ground.

Minister of State for Home RPN Singh  has been made the pointperson by the PM to deal with the Delhi gang-rape case.  
12:49  RPN Singh: Will put rape cases in fast track courts:  After the meeting with the delegation of students protesting against the Delhi gang-rape Minister of State for Home RPN Singh said, "We have assured them that we will put them (rape caes) in fast track Courts and be treated as a rarest of rare cases."

"We are considering their views on changing laws to deal with sexual harassment and have asked them to discontinue the protest. I request the people to maintain calm," he said.

"Did not just talk about the gang-rape victim but also about molestation in general. We discussed security in buses, metro, public transport. Capital punishment is still debatable, different people have different opinions," he added.
12:41  Pak series: Dhoni retained skipper, Yuvi returns to ODI fold:  Under-fire Mahendra Singh Dhoni today retained captaincy while all-rounder Yuvraj Singh returned to India's ODI team for the first time since last year's World Cup triumph after he was picked in the 15-member squad for the upcoming series against Pakistan.

Yuvraj, who was recalled to the Indian Twenty20 squad for the World T20 within months of recovering from a rare germ cell cancer, played his last ODI against Sri Lanka in the final of the 50-over World Cup last April.

ODI squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Capt), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Ashok Dinda, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shami Ahmed, Amit Mishra

T20 squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Capt), Gautam Gambhir, Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Ashok Dinda, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Parvinder Awana, Piyush Chawla, Ambati Rayudu.
12:33  Protestors lathicharged outside Rail Bhawan:  In a repeat of scenes from Saturday, around 200 protestors break barricades outside Rail Bhawan, New Delhi.

Protestors are being lathicharged outside Rail Bhawan.

They have returned to India Gate and Jantar Mantar. Many supporters of yoga guru Ramdev have gathered at Jantar Mantar. 
12:23  Gang-rape protestors meet Sonia, Rahul at 10 Janpath:  A delegation of Delhi protestors meet Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul at 10 Janpath.

Holding a press conference outside their residence, the group said that Sonia has assured quick and  though action.

"Rahul has asked us to give the government ample of time," said the delegation, which mostly comprised students.

Post their meeting, they said that protests will continue.  
12:12  Delhi gang-rape victim's health deteriorates :   The condition of Delhi rape victim has worsened, said doctors at the Safdarjung Hospital, where she is being treated.

The 23-year-old is facing respiratory problems. She may have to bee put on ventilator again, said the doctors.

The young paramedic student was taken off the ventilator on Friday.
12:10  Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has appealed for peaceful protests against the gang-rape of a 23-year-old girl. 

"My appeal is protest peacefully. And my appeal to the police men is when you are watching people protesting, then they should be handled properly. They are not agitating, they are protesting to improve the situation," she said. 

"This is being watched by the whole nation and the whole world. It is a wake-up call for us. We are a democracy, it's not a dictatorship. I haven't seen the photos of protest. But lathi charge, water cannot and tear gas should be the last resort.
I have heard that the barricaded were being broken. The women, protestors should understand that they should maintain their anger, "she added.
11:54  Kejriwal, Ramdev to join Delhi gang-rape protests :  Activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal of the Aam Aadmi Party and yoga guru Baba Ramdev have announced that they will join the protests against the Delhi gang-rape today, reports NDTV.

"Sec 144 MUST be defied. To save democracy. I, along with my friends, will defy sec 144 today," he tweeted.

Kejriwal was reportedly prevented from entering the India Gate roundabout. He has sat down with his supporters on the route leading to Ashoka Road, according to NDTV.  
11:49  Sachin has scored 18,426 runs in ODIs:   Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar has retired from One Day format after playing 463 matches and scoring 18,426 runs.

Sachin has scored 49 centuries and 96 fifties in ODIs.

He is the highest run getter and the most capped player in the shorter version of the game. 
11:33  K Srikkanth on Sachin's retirement: It is shocking:   Former selector K Srikkanth: Didn't have any indication earlier about Sachin's decision to quit. It is shocking. I thought he would play the upcoming Pakistan tour.      
11:30  Sachin Tendulkar retires from ODIs:   Sachin Tendulkar today announced his retirement from One Day International Cricket.

"I have decided to retire from One Day cricket. I feel blessed to have been a part of the World Cup winning Indian team," he said.

Tendulkar's announcement comes as selectors meet to pick up squad against Pakistan.

The BCCI has confirmed his decision to quit.

He is the highest run scorer in ODI history.

More details are awaited.  
11:04  Delhi gang-rape protesters evacuated forcibly :  A day after extraordinary protests in New Delhi that saw protesters clashing with the police right outside Rashtrapati Bhavan, Section 144 has been imposed around India Gate. About 60 protesters camped overnight are being forcibly loaded into buses and being driven away.
00:15  Four Metro stations near India Gate to remain shut:  

In a bid to contain flow of protesters near India Gate, four Delhi Metro stations near the War Memorial will remain closed from Sunday morning till further orders.         


The metro stations that will remain closed will be Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhawan and Race Course stations, DMRC officials said.         


The closing of stations for an indefinite time came following a direction from Delhi Police.       


"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," the officials said.         


The decision was taken after protests over the gangrape of a young girl erupted in Raisina Hill, the seat of power.

00:15  Top headlines at this hour:  

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