Mahendergarh (Haryana): A youth who claimed
he was frustrated over government`s failure to give him a job
and compensation for an injury allegedly threw a shoe towards
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda during a rally on Sunday.
However, the footwear hurled by 21-year-old Shakti Singh,
who was seated behind the press photographers gallery, fell
short by about 70 feet from where Hooda was addressing the
public gathering at ITI grounds, about 150 km from Delhi.
A senior police officer expressed ignorance about the
incident while Hooda termed it as a handiwork of rival party
Singh, a resident of a village in Baniyani in Hooda`s
home district Rohtak, was thrashed by villagers sitting next
to him as he tried to run away after throwing the shoe.
He was later taken into custody by the police and
detained for questioning.
Shakti Singh told PTI at the police station that he had
suffered a bullet wound during a protest in the recent past
and today he had taken the action (hurling the shoe) to lodge
a protest for not getting compensation of Rs 10 lakh and a job
promised to him by the state government.
District police chief Jagdish Nagar expressed ignorance
over the shoe hurling incident and said according to his
information some youths who indulged in a fight at the rally
could have thrown the footwear. He denied that it was hurled
The rally was organised by ruling Congress legislator
and Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Rao Dhan Singh.
The incident comes close on the heels of a similar
incident in which a suspended head constable of J&K police
flung a shoe towards J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah during a
function on Independence Day.
A Delhi-based journalist initiated the trend when he
tossed a shoe at then finance minister P Chidambaram in 2009
to protest inaction by the government in the 1984 anti-Sikh
Meanwhile, a group of five women from Nava village
in this district too were detained by police for allegedly
showing black flags to the Chief minister during the rally to
protest the government`s alleged failure in taking proper
action in a recent rape case and acquisition of land at meagre
Manali: Tibetan spiritual guru the
Dalai Lama today said he foresees India playing a pivotal role
in strengthening the world peace.
"Strong democratic institutions in India will help it
play an effective role in making a peaceful and better world
in the 21st century," he told reporters at a Tibetan monastery
The Dalai Lama, who was here to preach on Gyalsey Thokme
Sangpo`s 37 practices of Bodhisattva (Laklen Sodonma), said
Buddhism is not only a religion but a "pure science and many
scientists are trying to interpret its true essence through
On the statement made by External Affairs Minister S M
Krishna that India considers Tibetan Autonomous Region as part
of China and "that should bring down curtains on any
controversy", the Dalai Lama said there was nothing new in it
as India`s stand has been the same since 1954.
"China has the habit of making a hue and cry over my
meetings with any world leader," he said.
On his remarks on social networking site `Twitter` that
certain members of his community were critical of his "middle
path" policy for solution of Tibet problem, the Dalai Lama
said Tibetan youths were committed to non-violence and barring
a few voices of dissent, majority of Tibetans were still
hopeful that a peaceful solution could be found.