Chief Minister of Punjab, Parkash Singh Badal was injured by a shoe which was hurled at him, injuring the 89 year old during a election campaign at Ratta Khera village in his Lambi assembly constituency of Muktsar district this afternoon.
According to eyewitnesses, Badal’s eye started bleeding due to the injury as his spectacles broke with the impact of the hit. He was immediately escorted away from the venue.
The shoe-hurler was identified as Gurbachan Singh.
“A man identified as Gurbachan Singh, a relative of a Sikh radical leader, hurled a shoe at Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal,” PTI said quoting Muktsar senior superintendent of police Dhruman H Nimbale.
Punjab goes to the polls on February 4 and Badal’s Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP combine is up against the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party. But memory of a series of incidents involving the desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib last year, and alleged government inactivity over the case, has angered many locals.
“The CM was just getting up after completing his address when a shoe was hurled,” he said.
Gurbachan is brother of radical Sikh leader Amrik Singh Ajnala. “He appeared to be upset over the sacrilege incidents which took place in Punjab,” the SSP said, adding that he had been nabbed.
A few days ago, a group of people threw stones at the cavalcade of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal at Kandhwala Hazir Khan village in his constituency, Jalalabad in Fazilka district, leaving four Akali supporters injured