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Gangrape protests: Nine Delhi metro stations to stay shut today

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has said nine metro stations would remain closed after protests in central Delhi turned violent on Sunday.

IANS | December 24, 2012 | Updated 13:06 IST

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has said nine metro stations would remain closed on Monday after protests in central Delhi turned violent on Sunday.

Entry and exit of commuters at metro stations in Pragati Maidan, Mandi House, Barakhamba Road, Rajiv Chowk, Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhavan, Race Course, and Khan Market will not be allowed till further notice, the statement said.

However, interchange will be allowed at Rajiv Chowk and Central Secretariat.

Raisina Hill, where the high-security Rashtrapati Bhavan is located, saw massive protests on Saturday and Sunday as thousands of furious and determined youngsters marched towards the official residence of the president.

Barricades were placed at Parliament Street, Rajpath and Vijay Chowk, in the heart of the capital where the protestors had been converging over the past week.

The protestors, many of them students in school or college, have been raising slogans and demanding justice for the 23-year-old woman who was brutally gangraped last week and now battles for life in a hospital in the national capital.

The Delhi Police on Sunday resorted to caning and threw tear gas shells to disperse the crowd. Many were also drenched as water cannons were used in the winter chill.

All the major metro stations and major roads leading to Rashtrapati Bhavan and India Gate were blocked on Sunday. The decision to shut down metro stations created chaos, with buses asked to ply at full capacity.

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