Traffic returns to normal near India Gate
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Traffic movement and Metro services returned to normal on Wednesday, with police easing their vigil over Rajpath and surrounding areas. But prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) were not lifted across New Delhi district.
The road connecting Rajpath to Vijay Chowk remained closed for general traffic, while police lifted the restrictions along India Gate. "All traffic restrictions were lifted after 7 pm on Tuesday. The Raisina Hill Road — Rajpath to Vijay Chowk — is still out of bounds. All radials at India Gate have been opened for general public," Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Satyendra Garg said.
The curbs on traffic movement were put in place after protests against gangrape of a 23-year-old paramedic student turned violent on Sunday.
"Section 144 of the CrPC has been revoked at Jantar Mantar, but it has not been lifted across New Delhi yet," a senior police officer said.
General public and thousands of Central government employees were forced to walk to work as Metro stations near their offices remained shut till Tuesday evening.
Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhavan, Race Course Road, Khan Market, Rajiv Chowk, Barakhamba Road, Mandi House and Pragati Maidan Metro stations were closed. The Delhi Traffic Police also closed all eight arterial roads that lead to India Gate.
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