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Business News/ Politics / Policy/  Shoe hurled at Arvind Kejriwal, AAP points finger at BJP

New Delhi: A shoe was hurled at Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal at a press conference in New Delhi by a man who claimed to be from a breakaway group of the Aam Aadmi Party, triggering angry reaction from AAP which sought to link the Bharatiya Janata Party to the incident.

The shoe did not hit Kejriwal as an official quickly shielded him and caught it. The attacker, identified as Ved Prakash, 28, is national general secretary of Aam Aadmi Sena and was arrested after hours of interrogation. Prakash, first interrupted Kejriwal when he was briefing reporters at the media centre of the Delhi Secretariat about the rollout of the second phase of the odd-even scheme and then threw the shoe and a CD at the chief minister. He said he was angry with Kejriwal for not taking action against those involved in alleged irregularities in distribution of CNG stickers. His action led to commotion.

The shoe did not hit Kejriwal as it was quickly deflected by an official standing near the chief minister. The AAP was quick to blame BJP for the incident with Delhi culture minister Kapil Mishra alleging that the attacker had telephoned a Delhi BJP leader before the incident. The BJP, on its part, condemned the incident but said Kejriwal should introspect why he is facing such attacks repeatedly.

The attacker was thrashed by AAP volunteers before he was whisked away by police after the incident around 4:10pm. Police said the man is a resident of Begampur in North-West Delhi and is a property dealer. He has been detained for questioning. “The man is a resident of Begampur and works as property dealer in Karampura. He has a diploma in electrical engineering. He has been arrested under section 186,353 and 355 of the IPC," deputy commissioner of police (Central Range) Paramaditya said.

Prakash talked about alleged irregularities in distribution of CNG stickers which are required for CNG-run cars to get exemption from the restrictions of the odd-even scheme. He alleged that the stickers were being sold for 1,000 each at a CNG station near CGO complex in Lodhi Road. He claimed he had done a sting operation about it on 7 April and that the CD contained it.

Kejriwal, later, continued with the press conference. “Arvind ji one minute please, I have conducted a sting on CNG sticker scam. One CNG sticker is being distributed for 1,000. Why are you doing this? Why don’t you take action against this?," Prakash said before throwing the ‘CD’ and shoe.

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Updated: 09 Apr 2016, 10:20 PM IST
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