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ET 80 :: Nine Metro stations were closed on 25th Dec to curb Protests


ek-tamacha-logo-no1.jpgNew Delhi: Delhi Police knows only one way to curb protest. Curb the transportation for them. As per a Police directive, 9 Metro stations in Central Delhi remained closed on Tuesday, 25th December, in order to prevent protesters from reaching India Gate. The stations were: Rajiv ChowkPragati Maidan, Mandi House, Barakhamba Road, Rajiv Chowk, Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhawan, Race Course and Khan Market. These stations were closed on Monday also, though some of the gates were opened late in the evening. This put the Delhi Commuters in a lot of inconvenience. These measures were taken owing to Sunday’s violent protests at Rajpath and India Gate between protesters and the police personnel. The protests were against the rape of a 23-year-old girl on December 16.

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By stopping movements of people within the city, that too in the Holiday Season, Delhi Police has proved its incompetence in handling such situations. Barring entries in several locations and imposing Section 144 in some areas, led to several commuter problems, long and horrific traffic jams, and loss of business as reported by many shops in the Connaught place area. The Delhi Administration did not know how to handle  protests and does not know how to handle further incidence of violence. Was Mob mentality and its management taught in the police academies?

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