Shoe hurled towards Omar at I-Day function, 15 cops suspended


A policeman hurled a shoe towards Chief Minister Omar Abdullah when he was taking salute at the official Independence Day function at Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar. The policeman was sitting in the VIP gallery behind the Chief Minister.

Police say that the policeman had been suspended earlier and a criminal case is pending against him but fail to answer how a suspended policeman managed to reach into the VIP gallery.

Eyewitnesses say that when Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was taking salute after unfurling the Tri-colour, a policeman sitting in the VIP gallery behind Abdullah hurled his shoe towards him. The shoe, however, missed the target and fell on the ground. The policeman also waved a black flag and raised pro-freedom slogans.

The policeman, who hurled show on Abdullah, has been identified as Abdul Ahad Jan of North Kashmir's Bandipore town. He was whisked away by the security guards immediately.

Police says that Jan was suspended as a criminal case is pending against him but they are unable to answer that how Jan managed to enter the Bakshi stadium and get a set in the VIP enclosure. There is strict scrutiny of all the people, who enter the Bakshi stadium and people with valid passes only are allowed inside the VIP enclosures.

15 policemen suspended for shoe throwing incident

Fifteen policemen including four officers were suspended by the Jammu and Kashmir Government in connection with a shoe being hurled at Chief Minister Omar Abdullah by a suspended head constable today at the Independence Day function.

Official sources said the policemen four of whom who were of sub-inspector rank faced the action pending an inquiry for lax security arrangements which enabled the constable Abdul Ahad Jahan to enter the highly-secured Bakshi Stadium.

Jahan, who was in the VIP enclosure behind the rows where Omar was taking salute from marching contingents after unfurling the national flag, was overpowered by security men and has been arrested.

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