Mr PM, your words sound hollow in locked down Delhi

New Delhi, Dec 24: While appealing to the citizens to stay calm, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh allows his government to virtually lock down the VVIP zone in New Delhi.

How can Delhiites show tolerance in the face of provocation like barricades on roads, closed transport network and bullying by the police?

Since Monday morning, the heart of the New Delhi has been turned into a fortress with heavy deployment of police. They have blocked roads leading to India Gate and Raisina Hill disregarding the harassment of commuters.

The area around India Gate houses various government offices and is also a major traffic intersection between central Delhi and South Delhi. People heading to Connaught Place from South Delhi and vice versa had severe problems in commuting.

Thus, office-goers and students were the most affected due to blockade of roads and closure of nine metro stations near India Gate and Raisina Hill.

Police Personnel Deployed at rajpath

Police blocked both sides of Rafi Marg that runs through Rajpath and one carriage way of Ashoka Road (this connects Jantar Mantar and Connaught Place), Copernicus Marg and other stretches around the India Gate.

Employees had a tough time reaching their offices in Krishi Bhavan, Shastri Bhavan, Rail Bhavan and Nirman Bhavan as police did not allow crossing Rajpath. Buses were diverted through longer routes.

Most of the employees heading to South Bloc and North Bloc had to walk a long distance and show their identity cards to policemen at every intersection.

Media persons were also not allowed near India Gate or Raisina Hill and were asked to go to Pragati Maidan.

Chaos at Metro stations:

While there was mayhem on the roads, chaos ruled Metro stations in Central Delhi. Hundreds of people reached the stations unaware that they have been closed to keep away protesting public coming to India Gate.

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 on Sunday as well but there was not much impact as it was a holiday.

Mr Prime Minister, instead of trying to bring the public on to your side, your actions to put them to more hardships will only raise the level of anger and disgust at your hollow speech.

Do not follow Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom you are hosting. Putin does not allow democratic rights in Russia and his policies are allowing killing of hundreds in Syria.

This is Manmohan Singh's televised speech on Monday morning:

My fellow citizens,

There is genuine and justified anger and anguish at the ghastly crime of gang rape committed last Sunday in Delhi. As a father of three daughters myself, I feel as strongly about this as each one of you. My wife, my family and I are all joined in our concern for the young woman who was the victim of this heinous crime. We are constantly monitoring her medical condition. Let us all pray for her and her loved ones during this critical time.

I also feel deeply sad at the turn of events leading to clashes between protesters and police forces. Anger at this crime is justified but violence will serve no purpose. I appeal to all concerned citizens to maintain peace and calm. I assure you that we will make all possible efforts to ensure security and safety of women in this country. The Home Minister has already spoken about the steps being taken. We will examine without delay not only the responses to this terrible crime but also all aspects concerning the safety of women and children and punishment to those who commit these monstrous crimes. Our Government will keep you informed of the steps we are taking and the processes we are following.

I appeal to all sections of society to maintain peace and help us in our efforts.

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