Protest reaches 10 Janpath

HT Correspondent

New Delhi, Dec. 22 -- Thousands of protesters hit the Capital's roads for the fifth consecutive day on Friday, demanding justice for the 23-year-old who was gangraped in a moving bus on Sunday night. The protesters did not even spare high-security zones such as the Rashtrapati Bhavan and Congress president Sonia Gandhi's residence, 10 Janpath. However, the angry protesters were stopped by the police.

The protests continued throughout the day at various locations. Delhiites gathered in large numbers at the Jantar Mantar (mostly AAP supporters) and the India Gate (JNU and DU students) in the evening.

While a large contingent of women and young students, led by Left parties, thronged the Rajpath to reach the Rashtrapati Bhavan's entry gates via South Block and North Block, the Aam Admi Party (AAP) supporters held a demonstration outside Gandhi's residence in the evening. Swati, a student, who managed to slip past the tall iron gates of the Rashtrapati Bhavan was whisked away within minutes by the President's security personnel.

"We took out a march to the Safdarjung Hospital to express solidarity with the victim. We are scared to live in this city," said Anubhuti Singh, a Class 9 student of a government school in Green Park.

After hours of protesting at the Jantar Mantar, a large number of AAP supporters marched to Gandhi's residence. The police barricades failed to deter their spirits. They sat outside 10 Janpath with lit candles and shouted slogans. However, police personnel dragged them away from the site soon.

Later, Gandhi invited three of AAP members for talks. The meeting went on for more than half-an-hour. This is the first time that the Congress president interacted with members of the newly-formed party.

Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.