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Shoe hurled at Rahul in Uttarakhand rally; Congress demands probe

Monday January 23, 2012 09:24:21 PM, IANS

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Dehradun/New Delhi: A shoe was hurled at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi by a man while he was addressing an election rally near the Uttarakhand state capital Monday. The shoe fell some distance from Gandhi who continued with his speech.

The man, identified as Kuldip, was immediately taken into custody by the police.

As the security personnel grabbed Kuldip, Rahul Gandhi told them not to hit him.

"If some people think that throwing a shoe will deter me and force me to run away, they are mistaken," Gandhi said.

Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi condemned the incident saying it should be probed to find out if there was a conspiracy.

"The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government is in power in Uttarakhand. How did the youth reach a point from where he could hurl a shoe. There should be a probe to find out if there is a conspiracy," Alvi told IANS.

Terming the incident as "unfortunate", Alvi said irresponsible words like "civil war" had been used by some BJP leaders in their recent utterances and it had led to a rise in such incidents.




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