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For copycats, shoe doesn’t fit

india Updated: Apr 18, 2009 01:24 IST
Rahul Noronha
Rahul Noronha
Hindustan Times
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An archaic wooden slipper or an old shoe is just no match for a Reebok trainer. That’s what one gets to understand from the fact that journalist Jarnail Singh — who started the shoe-throwing trend in India — got away scot-free while his copycats Pawas Agarwal and Rajpal Singh haven’t been so lucky.

Agarwal, former member of the BJP’s students’ wing, had flung a khadau at L.K. Advani in Katni, Madhya Pradesh, on Thursday. Rajpal Singh, a former schoolteacher, had hurled a shoe at Congress MP Navin Jindal in Kurukshetra, Haryana, on April 10. The shoes missed the mark but boomeranged on the throwers. Both have been booked under several sections of the law. Jarnail Singh, who threw a shoe at Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on April 7, was forgiven right away.

Agarwal was arrested at the rally venue after he assaulted some policemen, Katni SP S.P. Singh said.

His brother said he would be in jail on Friday night too as the bail papers are still not ready. His father has submitted papers saying his son is mentally unsound. The SP said Agarwal would be medically examined to ascertain this.

Jindal had said he’d forgiven Rajpal Singh but the police booked him anyway. He managed to get bail on Tuesday though.

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