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The Indian Herald

April 27, 2009

Youth's bid to hurl shoe at Prime Minister

An engineering student's bid to throw shoe at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who had gone to Ahmedabad for Congress' election campaign, stunned the security personnel.

The incident occurred in Tagore Hall on Sunday. The youth took out his show and was about to throw it when the security personnel got alarmed and rushed towards the youth to stop him.

The shoe fell much short of the stage but it caused a stir. The Prime Minister later asked the security personnel to leave the youth and not initiate any legal proceedings.

Singh is the fourth politician after BJP leader LK Advani, Congress MP Navin Jindal and Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, who have been targeted in a similar manner in the recent weeks.

The youth was identified as Hitesh Chauhan, 21, a resident of Bapu Nagar. He is pursuing a computer course and decided to throw the footwear to grab attention, sources said.

However, local Congress leaders claim that he was an activist of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), which is an affiliated organisation of the Bharatiya Janata Party. They also criticised the state of security in Narendra Modi-ruled Gujarat.

TIH Bureau

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