Protest march to presidential house not right: Shinde

Indo Asian News Service

New Delhi, Dec 24 (IANS) The government is not opposed to people holding peaceful protests but their march to the presidential house is not right, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said Monday.

Shinde said he has been meeting student representatives from the day protests started in the capital against the gang-rape of a young woman Dec 16.

"I accept that calm and quiet protesters can demonstrate, and there is no problem (with that) as it is the right of the public," he told a TV channel.

"But gathering at Vijay Chowk, trying to breach barricades and marching to Rashtrapati Bhavan is not right. Rashtrapati Bhavan is prestigious for the country."

He said the government had announced several measures to ensure the safety of women in the capital.

"The government is very serious on these issues. Accused were immediately arrested and we have told that case would be taken on a fast track basis. We are following proceedings in court on a day-to-day basis," he said.

Shinde said the home ministry was daily briefing the prime minister on the issue.