Anger at the gang rape and beating of a 23-year-old student on a bus grew in India yesterday as police in the capital, New Delhi, used tear gas and water cannon to break up demonstrations staged by thousands of people who were protesting against the crime.
Police with batons chased angry protesters, some of whom fought pitched battles using steel rods and rocks as they tried to get past steel barricades and a wall created by hundreds of policemen to reach the president's mansion to present their demands.
"We want justice," they shouted. Television footage showed that some protesters were injured in the clashes.Police blamed the violence on a few trouble-makers.
"A peaceful protest by people has been taken over by hooligans," Dharmendra Kumar, a senior police officer, said. He urged the protesters to go home.
The demonstrations continued yesterday despite Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde promising to consider their main demand for death penalties for all six …