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Tight security ahead of rape victim's funeral

Published: 30th December 2012 10:16 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th December 2012 10:16 AM   |  A+A-

An Air India chartered flight bearing the body of the gangrape victim, her family and doctors is expected to arrive at the International Airport here around  4 am on Sunday. And sources said the victim’s funeral was most likely to take place before 7 am.

“The Centre late on Saturday evening also debated whether to give her a state funeral, but so far no decision has been taken,” they said. Meanwhile, following an intelligence advisory, which opposed the move to allow protests at India Gate on Sunday, resulted in the Centre barring any protest at Rajpath and India Gate.

Earlier, it had been decided to lift the ‘unannounced emergency’ from India Gate in order to allow the protesters to express their feelings.

It is learnt that the advisory issued on Saturday night had warned the Centre against the move saying that miscreants had infiltrated Saturday’s protest.

Besides, the Delhi Police revealed that a few drunken louts were seen among the crowd which had gathered at Jantar Mantar and they were likely to hijack the peaceful protest.

Following the advisory, the Centre decided to bring back the curbs and clamp prohibitory orders. All the roads leading to Raisina Hill were blocked by the Delhi Police in the wake of last Sunday’s violent protests.

Sources said the area will be cordoned off on Sunday. And the New Delhi area was shutdown by the police on Saturday hours barely hours after the tragic news of the victim’s demise emerged.

“ By 5 am all the central areas including Rajpath and Lutyens zone were sanitised with heavy deployment of Delhi Police and paramilitary personnel. Residents of these areas were requested to postpone any scheduled party or engagement,” they said.

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