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A man hurled a shoe towards Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday in Ratta Khera village of his Lambi Assembly constituency where Badal was campaigning for February 4 state Assembly polls.
Police identified the man, who hurled the shoe from a distance of about 12 feet, as Gurbachan Singh.
Muktsar SSP Dhruman Nimbale said Gurbachan was the brother of Amrik Singh Ajnala, the parallel “jathedar” of Takht Kesgarh Sahib appointed by “Sarbat Khalsa”.
The man was taken into custody and was booked under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, Nimbale said.
Some reports said the spectacles CM was wearing broke as the shoe hit him. Nimbale, however, said, “CM is fit and fine. Had anything of that sorts happened, CM would have sustained some injury. He is continuing with his tour in the constituency. The shoe hit him on part of his turban even as security personnel tried to protect CM from getting hit.”
Badal himself said at another public meeting later, “My spectacle has not been broken. I have been wearing the same since morning. Police are probing the matter. I don’t want to talk about this episode anymore.”
The CM was learnt to be leaving the village after addressing a group of people around 1 pm when the incident happened.
“Gurbachan said he was angry over desecration of Guru Granth Sahib and government inaction,” Nimbale said.
After the shoe-hurling incident, the CM went to Alamwala village. Here too, a few people shouted slogans like Parkash Singh Badal Murdabaad… Kejriwal Zindabaad.