A shoe was hurled at Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, hitting him on the spectacles on Wednesday.
The incident took place in Rattakhera village, around 250 km from here, in the 89-year-old chief minister’s constituency Lambi while he was addressing a gathering.The man, Gurbachan Singh, was nabbed by Badal’s security personnel and handed over to police for questioning. The police found that the shoe-thrower is from Jhurd Khera village near Abohar and Fazilka, and is reportedly brother of Jathedar Amrik Singh Ajnala.
It was learnt that Singh was upset over a recent incident of desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib and the failure of the Punjab government and police to nab the culprits. Badal, who enjoys Z-plus category security status, continued with his programme even after the incident. “He (Gurbachan) appeared to be upset over the sacrilege incidents which took place in Punjab,” said Muktsar senior superintendent of police Dhruman H Nimbale.In a statement later, Badal said the incident proved “beyond doubt” that Akali Dal’s political rivals had “lost the game” and wanted to “scuttle a peaceful, free and fair poll.”As per the release by his office, Badal said the person behind the incident is not even from Lambi. Police said he belongs to Jhurd Khera village near Abohar in Fazilka district.
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