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Rahul Gandhi shoe attack in Sitapur: Unapologetic youth slams Congress leader

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Mon September 26 2016, 6:10 pm
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    On his extensive month-long Uttar Pradesh tour ('kisan yatra) in preparation for the Assembly elections to be held next year, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi found himself in an unpleasant position today. While standing on top of a truck on which he is touring the state, Gandhi became the latest victim of a shoe attack. The shoe attack also pointed to the fact that his security was compromised and the authorities will need to take a re-look at how the securitymen during his yatra and rallies are deployed - he is protected by the elite Special Protection Group (SPG). Rahul Gandhi is 2 weeks into the yatra and has a fortnight more to go. (Photo - PTI)

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    Rahul Gandhi was in Sitapur, some 85 km from Lucknow, today when a youth threw the shoe at him, but the missile missed him narrowly but it struck some of the UP Congress leaders standing behind him. The shock of the moment saw the politicos react defensively and Rahul Gandhi himself looked back in concern at what had happened. He is accompanied by senior leader Raj Babbar and former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit. He then looked at the shoe and turned back to greeting the crowds gathered to watch him on the roads and started waving to them again. (Photo - Express Photo by Vishal Srivastav)

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    However, the rally was not stopped and the convoy kept going on its way even as securitymen started rushing about looking for the culprit shoe thrower in the crowd. Gandhi's security is extremely tight and securitymen from various agencies are deployed wherever he goes. (Photo - PTI)

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    It did not take the securitymen long to find the shoe thrower and arrest him. His name is Hariom Sharma, who lives in Shastri Nagar, and he said he was a journalist. His grouse against Rahul Gandhi was that the Congress party had neglected the country in general and farmers in particular. This is what he said while he was being led away by the police: "The roadshow is useless. Congress left country in the dumps. What were they doing when they were in power?" (Photo - PTI)

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    Authorities are saying that the attack was not political as the youth does not look to have any links with any political party. However, an inquiry has been launched if anyone else is involved. (Photo - PTI)

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