A court in Punjab’s Malout has jailed a man for two years for hurling a shoe towards the then Punjab chief minister, Parkash Singh Badal, during an election campaign in January 2017.
The incident took place at Ratta Khera village in Badal’s Lambi Assembly constituency, where he was campaigning for Assembly polls. After addressing a group of people, returning from the village, a shoe was hurled at him.
Muktsar SSP Dhruman Nimbale had said Singh was the brother of Amrik Singh Ajnala, the parallel “jathedar” of Takht Kesgarh Sahib appointed by “Sarbat Khalsa”.
According to Nimbale, Singh’s intentions behind the shoe tossing was the anger over the desecration of Guru Granth Sahib and alleged government inaction.
Singh was taken into custody and was charged under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.