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Shoe thrown at Rahul Gandhi, assailant arrested

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  27 Sep 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Sitapur (Uttar Pradesh), Sept 26: A shoe was thrown at Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Monday during his ongoing ‘Kisan Yatra’ in Sitapur of Uttar Pradesh, police said. A youth has been arrested in this connection and taken to the Kotwali police station for interrogation. The shoe missed the Gandhi scion by a whisker and he looked back at the shoe as it zipped past him.

The assailant has been identified as Hari Om Mishra, resident of Hargaon, a police official said. Congress leader Jitin Prasada was with Gandhi at the time of the attack. Special Protection Group (SPG) men swung into action and surrounded the Congress leader after the shoe attack.

Mishra told policemen that he was angry at the promises being made by Rahul Gandhi during his road shows as he believed the Congress was behind the problems faced by farmers.

After the incident Rahul Gandhi lashed out at the BJP and the RSS, saying that “such acts will neither scare him away nor weaken his resolve to fight for the farmers”.

“The BJP and RSS people think if they hurl shoes, Rahul Gandhi will stop fighting for the farmers. I am not going to step back. I am not scared of your shoes and anger,” Rahul Gandhi wrote in his Twitter account in Hindi. Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi, briefing the media persons on Monday, said, “Rahul Gandhi will not get intimidated by such attempts. This reflects how much the RSS and the BJP are scared. They are worried and that's why they are resorting to such attempts. These attempts will only strengthen our party and weaken the BJP.” “We condemn such dastardly acts by them,” he added.(IANS)

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