Indian police lift New Delhi blockades as anti-rape protests settle

Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 12:00am

Authorities lifted the lockout of New Delhi's key government district as massive anti-rape protests that hit the area over the weekend eased Wednesday.

Traffic movement appeared near normal at Raisina Hills -- home to the seat of Indian power -- as police removed security barriers from most roads.

But security restrictions remained tight.

Riot police stood guard in large numbers as reinforcement vans and water-cannon trucks stood by.

In addition to the main protest areas, demonstrations also thinned at alternative sites where students gathered to protest the December 16 gang rape of a young woman in a moving bus.

New Delhi's metro rail reopened its services around central parts of the city. Services were shut down after protests swelled Saturday and Sunday.

The Cabinet plans to set up a commission to look into the rape and suggest measures to improve women's safety. The commission has three months to submit its report to the government.

The victim remained in critical condition in a city hospital, but she will flown to Singapore for further treatment, officials said Wednesday.

B.D. Athani, medical chief of New Delhi's Safdarjang Hospital, told reporters that she would be flown to Singapore's Mount Elizabeth Hospital. Minutes before his briefing, ambulances were seen moving out of the Indian hospital.


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