Shoe flung at PM in Ahmedabad, lands short (Lead)

April 26th, 2009 - 5:59 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh Ahmedabad, April 26 (IANS) An unidentified man flung a shoe at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during an election rally in Ahmedabad Sunday, but the missile landed well short of the podium from where he was speaking.
The prime minister stopped momentarily during his speech at Tagore Hall in Paldi locality as one of his Special Protection Group (SPG) personnel ran towards the spot where the shoe had landed. The shoe landed about 20 feet away.

Police said the person who flung the white sneaker was near the press gallery in the first row.

The man was pinned down by security personnel and taken away for questioning.

This is the fourth occasion when shoes have been hurled at political leaders.

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