Shoe thrower’s mother thanks Chidambaram for forgiving him

April 7th, 2009 - 7:14 pm ICT by IANS  

P. Chidambaram New Delhi, April 7 (IANS) The mother of Sikh journalist Jarnail Singh, who hurled a shoe at Home Minister P. Chidambaram at a press conference Tuesday, thanked the Congress leader for forgiving her son.
“Atpata sa laga…. galat hi tha. Humne kaha, beta aage se mat karna. Agar gussa bhi hai, toh baat karo (We were shocked…. it was wrong. We told him not to do it again and if you have anger, talk it out),” Jarnail Singh’s mother told reporters outside her home in the capital.

“We are thankful (to Chidambaram) for forgiving him.”

As two security men led Jarnail Singh away from the press conference at the AICC office, Chidambaram was heard telling them, “It’s all right. Let him be. Nothing has happened.”

Jarnail Singh, a senior journalist with the daily Dainik Jagran, was detained by the police after he threw a shoe at Chidambaram to protest the clean chit given to Congress leader Jagdish Tytler by the Central Investigation Bureau in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

He was later released as Chidambaram did not press any charges against him.

Jarnail Singh’s sister added that they could not say what transpired in the mind of the otherwise “calm” journalist.

“It is difficult to talk about his state of mind. Whatever he has done is wrong. I am thankful to the government for releasing him,” his sister added.

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