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Shoe hurled at Haryana chief minister

Chandigarh: A shoe was hurled by a man at Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda during a function at Dabwali town yesterday. The shoe, however, fell well short of its target. Security personnel immediately pounced on the attacker and were seen taking him away from the venue.

Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda was saved after the shoe fell short of its target. This is the second attack in a month on Hooda. File pic
Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda was saved after the shoe fell short of its target. This is the second attack in a month on Hooda. File pic

Hooda was addressing a gathering at the foundation stone-laying ceremony of a railway over-bridge when the man tossed the footwear at him, police said. The identity of the attacker was not immediately known.

Second attack
On February 2, Hooda was assaulted by an unemployed youth, Kamal Mukhija, at a busy market in Panipat when the chief minister was proceeding to a rally venue in an open jeep. The youth was arrested but let off later by police saying he was under depression.

Shoe attacks

>> In 2008, an Iraqi journalist hurled his shoe at former US President George W Bush in protest against American action on Iraqis. Bush ducked and saved himself

>> In 2009, a Sikh journalist hurled a shoe at P Chidambaram protesting against the CBI’s clean chit to Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case

>> In December 2011, a man threw his shoes at Ahmadinejad, to protest not having received his unemployment benefits

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