Central Delhi was turned into a fortress with Delhi Police and Rapid Action sealing all roads leading to India Gate. Nine Metro stations in Central Delhi were closed today, two more from yesterday, in the wake of the protests that continue near India Gate over the gangrape of a paramedic student, the DMRC said.
Chaos ruled outside Metro stations in Central Delhi today as hundreds of people reached the stations unaware that they have been closed due to continuing protests at India Gate against the gang-rape of a young girl.
Nine stations, including the busiest Rajiv Chowk, was closed from early morning as people came only to be welcomed by boards that entry or exit to the stations will not be allowed today as per instructions from Delhi Police. Rajiv Chowk sees the maximum footfall of over 5 lakh a day and shutting down of this station has caused much problems for people who were agitated and looked helpless.
Pragati Maidan, Mandi House, Barakhamba Road, Rajiv Chowk, Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhawan, Race Course and Khan Market will remain closed till further orders, according to an advisory issued late last night by the Delhi Metro.
Eight stations, except Rajiv Chowk, remained closed yesterday as well but there was not much impact as it was a Sunday. Though inter-change was allowed at Rajiv Chowk and Central Secretariat stations, it was not of much help to the people as stations nearby were also closed.
Radhika, a software professional who works at Parliament Street, said she was unaware that all stations near her office were closed today. She was shocked when the train did not stop at three stations continuously and heaved a sigh of relief when it stopped at Rajiv Chowk. "But I was not allowed to exit from the station. I am stuck inside now. I dont know how to reach my office though it is less than a km from here," she said.
She was not alone, there were several hundreds of passengers who got stranded at the stations. The stations will remain closed till further orders due to protests at India Gate. The stations have been closed to prevent people from reaching India Gate and other protest sites.