A man was arrested by the police on Monday after he hurled a shoe at Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi during his public interaction programme in Patna.
The man, identified as Amritosh Kumar from Chhapra in Saran district, however, missed his target and the shoe fell near the chief minister.
The incident created a commotion at the programme known as janata durbar, as a large number of people had gathered there to vent their grievances before the chief minister. The durbar was being held after a long interval.
Eyewitnesses said Kumar broke the queue and was shouting that the state government was dividing the society on caste lines.
They said as soon as the security personnel on duty caught hold of Kumar, he flung the shoe. He was then led out of the hall.
Kumar, a postgraduate student, however claimed that he came to the chief minister to complain about being implicated in a false case by the police.
Patna senior superintendent of police (SSP) Jitendra Rana, who was present at the venue, said the man has been arrested and taken to Sachivalya Police Station for interrogation.
"His mobile has also been seized and the call data record is being verified to find out the people he interacted with before visiting the CM's residence," he said.
Rana said the attacker was caught as he was trying to throw the shoe.
"There was some verbal altercation with the policemen, before he was dragged outside," he added.
Action would be initiated against him after detailed inquiry into the matter, the SSP said.
Kumar is the son of Aam Aadmi Party's Saran district convenor Umeshwar Singh alias Munni. Singh is known for his frequent agitations over local issues, and had recently launched a campaign on how to check corruption in Saran.
Manjhi later told reporters the man, who was standing behind five or six persons in the queue, turned furious and created a scene before his turn to talk to him about his problem came.
"A probe is on into the incident," Manjhi said.
Asked about Kumar's allegations, the chief minister said, "I just talk about the poor who hail from SC, ST, extremely backward classes, OBC, minorities and even from forward castes and stress on their welfare."
Asked whether there was any political link to the incident, Manjhi said he was not aware of the details which would emerge only after the probe.
(With PTI inputs)