Police evacuates India Gate, protesters refuse to budge

The Delhi Police had a harrowing time early Sunday as they tried to remove protesters from India Gate, who had been agitating at the site since Tuesday demanding justice for the 23-year-old woman who was gang-raped and brutally assaulted in a bus a week ago.

Police tried hard to put the protesters into the waiting buses and get them out of the India Gate area but many of them managed to slip through. While some got on top of the buses and raised slogans, many attempted to block the movement of buses by lying under them.
Some angry protesters even vandalised the buses and deflated the tyres.

Police have imposed prohibitory orders under section 144 of the CrPC in New Delhi area except Jantar Mantar, which bans the assembly of four or more people.

Apart from some minor scuffles and arguments, overall police practiced restrained. Police personnel were seen requesting the protesters to either go to Ramlila Maidan or Jantar Mantar to protest.

Thousands of young men and women Saturday laid siege around Raisina Hill, the seat of power, demanding justice for the rape victim and safety for women in Delhi. Police had to use batons and fire teargas shells to disperse the crowd, injuring many people in the process.

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