New Delhi: Protesters gathered at Delhi Police Headquarters for the third day today demanding removal of Commissioner Neeraj Kumar and justice for the five-year-old rape victim even as police put up barricades to prevent December-like protests near Parliament where traffic was disrupted.
Three Metro stations -- Race Course Road, Central Secretariat and Udyog Bhavan -- close to Parliament, India Gate and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's residence were closed for public anticipating anti-rape protests.
The measures came against the backdrop of re-convening of the Budget session today.
However, in the morning hours, there were no protests at AIIMS like in the past three days.
Chaos was witnessed near Parliament as police closed Red Cross Road, Rafi Marg, Raisina Road and some crossings on Rajpath. There was trouble for vehicular movement near India Gate also as barricades were erected on Mansingh Road.
Caught unawares, many commuters coming from south Delhi had to take long winding routes to reach Connaught Place and nearby localities.
Long queues of vehicles were seen on many arterial roads leading to India Gate.
A handful of BJP and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) activists restarted their protest this morning outside the Police Headquarters near the busy ITO which was barricaded. A large number of police personnel were deployed at the Police Headquarters (PHQ).
Barricades were setup on the roads leading to Parliament, near the Central Secretariat metro station, India Gate and near the Delhi Police Headquarters in ITO, to prevent any incident.