Man Who Hurled a Shoe at Arvind Kejriwal Arrested by Delhi Police

The man, identified as Ved Sharma, has been detained by Delhi police. 

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A shoe was hurled at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday by a man who claimed to be from the Aam Aadmi Sena, the breakaway group of AAP. Kejriwal was briefing the media at the Delhi Secretariat on the upcoming Odd-Even scheme, beginning 15 April.

The attacker, identified as Ved Prakash, was detained by the police, to be questioned further.

Prakash, 28, is national general secretary of Aam Aadmi Sena and was arrested after hours of interrogation.

Prakash, first interrupted Kejriwal when he was briefing reporters at the media centre of the Delhi Secretariat about the rollout of the second phase of the Odd-Even scheme, and then threw the shoe and a CD at the Chief Minister.

He said he was angry with Kejriwal for not taking action against those involved in alleged irregularities in distribution of CNG stickers, even after a complaint was filed by him with the Chief Minister.

His action led to commotion. The shoe did not hit Kejriwal as it was quickly deflected by an official standing near the chief minister.

The AAP was quick to blame BJP for the incident with Delhi Culture Minister Kapil Mishra alleging that the attacker had telephoned a Delhi BJP leader before the incident. The BJP, on its part, condemned the incident, but said Kejriwal should introspect why he is facing such attacks repeatedly.

The attacker was thrashed by AAP volunteers before he was whisked away by police after the incident.

Police said the man is a resident of Begampur in North-West Delhi and is a property dealer. He has been detained for questioning.

The man is a resident of Begampur and works as a property dealer in Karampura. He has a diploma in electrical engineering. He has been arrested under section 186, 353 and 355 of the IPC.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central Range), Paramaditya

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