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New Delhi: Anticipating more protests on the gang-rape of a young girl, seven Delhi Metro stations near Raisina Hill and India Gate were today closed for public.
Last night it was decided to close four stations -- Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhawan and Race Course -- but this morning it was extended to three more -- Barakhamba, Mandi House and Khan Market. Though the commuters were less in the morning it being Sunday, the few who chose to take Metro to reach these destinations were put to hardship as they unaware of the announcement made late last night by DMRC.
Delhi Metro's decision came on the directions of Delhi Police. The stations will remain 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. The decision was taken after protests over the gang-rape of a young girl erupted in Raisina Hill, the seat of power.
Thousands of youth clashed with police undeterred by the repeated use of water cannons, teargas shells and baton charge yesterday.