New Delhi, Dec 29: Delhi Police tightened security across the national capital on Saturday as soon as the news of the death of the 23-year-old gangrape victim in a Singapore hospital reached. All entry points to India Gate, where violent clashes broke out over the last weekend in the wake of the brutal assault, were barricaded. The violence also led to the death of Subhash Tomar, a police constable, on December 25. However, multiple versions came up about the reason of his death.
Rajpath, Vijay Chowk, and many arterial roads around India Gate will remain closed on Saturday while 10 Metro stations, including Patel Chowk, Race Course, Khan Market, Udyog Bhawan, Mandi House, Barakhamba Road and Pragati Maidan will remain shut. However, inter-change facility will be available at Rajiv Chowk and Central Secretariat stations. Forty companies of security personnel will be deployed in the national capital.
One of the tweets of the Delhi Police read: "Entire Central Vista including Rajpath, Vijay Chowk and all road leading to India Gate will be closed for general traffic, Kamal Attaturk Marg also closed. All traveller advised to avoid these roads."
The Delhi Police also closed the Raisina Hill besides beefing up security at Rajpath, the stretch connecting India Gate and Raisina Hill where the recent violence had spread. Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar said he would ensure that the accused were severely dealt with and appealed to the people to stay calm.
The woman, a paramedic student, was brutally raped and assaulted with an iron rod by six men in a moving private bus on the night of December 16. Her male friend was also beaten up and the two were dumped on the roads. The victim was treated at Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital from where she was shifted to Singapore earlier this week. She had undergone several surgeries and battled for nearly two weeks before finally succumbing on Saturday morning.