Delhi gang-rape: Protesters clash with police

Saturday, December 22, 2012
[GFX©'s Sketch by Imran Khan]
New Delhi: Police lobbed round of tear gas shells and used water cannons as hundreds of students marched towards the Rashtrapati Bhavan (President House) for the second day on Saturday demanding justice for the 23-year-old paramedical student who was brutally gang-raped on Sunday night in South Delhi.

As the rage spread, rapidly and steadily, through India's national capital on Saturday as students, activists and concerned Delhiites thronged India Gate in morning from where they headed towards the Raisina Hill and Rashtrapati Bhavan. Police resorted to lathi charge as angry protestors clashed with them at Raisina Hill.

A teenage boy, a girl and a traffic policeman were injured as the police directed to water jets to disappear the mob. After water cannons failed to daunt the protesters, the police lobs a round of tear gas shells at the crowd.

However, the hundreds-strong crowd doesn’t yield and wait till the smoke dissipates. They again surge towards the gates of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. A few shots are also fired in the air to disperse the crowd to no avail.

Shouting "We want justice", hundreds of women banged at the iron gates of Rashtrapati Bhavan to gain entry.

As protests continued for the sixth day, former Army Chief V K Singh joined the demonstrators the at India Gate blaming “systemic collapse” for brutal rape of a young girl last Sunday in a moving bus.
India, capital witnessed several protests on Friday also including the one in front of Rashtrapati Bhawan.
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