New Delhi: Delhi police which tried to exercise maximum restraint during the day turned aggressive in the evening and used force to disperse thousands of protesters gathered near Raisina Hill to protest against the rape of a 23-year-old girl on Sunday night in the national capital.
Clashes between angry protesters and the police intensified which led the police to resort to heavy lathicharge at the zero-tolerance zone. Many of the students were seen being injured and chanted slogans against Delhi Police for their staunch action.
Protesters damaged a DTC bus and pelt stones at policemen. The crowds fury was eminent with torn posters, empty water bottles and shreds of glass strewn across the verdant lawns of Rajpath.
Police resorted to lathicharge five times since morning and used water cannons to push back angry protesters.
Police, who were seen desperately trying to disperse the youths numbering around 1,000, used water canons against the young protesters at Raisina Hills to disperse them in the morning.
The protesters, however, braved the water cannons in the winter chill and refused to leave the high-security area. They continued to chant slogans demanding justice for the 23-year-old victim.
Police also resorted to force and burst tear gas shells against the young protesters to break their ranks. The entire area was filled with tear gas. A police bus was damaged by the protesters. Many of the injured were taken to RML hospital.
According to ABP News Sources, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde will not be attending a function organized by the Intelligence Bureau today. As the situation seems to have got out of control, Shinde is likely to meet the Prime Minister later today.
Police has reduced its use of force as the protest has intensified and can aggravate law and order problems. The government is ready to talk and is currently deciding on the medium to negotiate with the protesters.
Police have arrested all the six accused in the case but public anger has been swelling against the incident.
Victim is off ventilator, communication better than yesterday: Dr B D Athani, medical superintendent, Safdarjung Hospital
• She is off ventilator. Breathing on her own
• She is communicating much better than yesterday
• She has been given sips of water and apple juice
• Her WBC count is 2600 better than yesterday. Platelet count is 20000 lower than yesterday
• 5.9 is Bilirubin level. It has increased.
• Our team is being assisted by Dr Mishra from AIIMS
• There are chances of other infections.
• Preliminary psychological examination conducted
• Dr kuldeep and dr abilasha yadav conducted the examination
She is psychologically stable. She is responding normally to questions. She is optimistic.
She is very brave, positive and even about her future. Her biological functions are good. She is composed and balanced.
The victim today recorded her statement before a sub-divisional magistrate about the Dec 16 incident.The young paramedical student, who is in a critical condition at Safdarjung Hospital here Saturday "told the SDM about the entire incident", said a police official, adding that her statement is now admissible in court.