The anti-rape protest turned violent on Sunday after police evacuated demonstrators from Raisina Hills and Sonia Gandhi's residence Janpath Delhi. The protesters were forcibly taken to a location near Bawana stadium in north-west Delhi, which will serve as a temporary jail, NDTV reported.
Following the clash with protesters on Saturday, Delhi police have imposed Section 144 of Indian Penal Code, which prohibits amassing of people in the national capital. On Sunday, the section was lifted, allowing demonstrators to assemble peacefully.
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) have closed down seven metro stations at Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhawan, Race Course, Barakhamba, Mandi House and Khan Market for the public. The department had earlier decided to close down four stations, but on Sunday morning they extended to seven stations. The stations will be closed till further orders.
"The stations will remain closed till DMRC gets further orders from the Delhi Police. All the four stations are close to India Gate. However, interchange will be allowed at Central Secretariat station," DMRC officials said, according to PTI.
Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi on Sunday had a meeting with protesters and assured strict punishment against the accused.
"Sonia Gandhi had called a meeting with the protesters; she heard all their demands and suggestions. We appeal to protesters to maintain peace," IBN Live quoted MoS Home RPN Singh as saying.