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Jun 06, 2011 at 08:59pm IST

Bid to throw shoe at Congress leader foiled

New Delhi: A man tried to hit Congress spokesperson Janardhan Dwivedi with a shoe during a press conference at the party headquarters in New Delhi on Monday. The attacker, who tried to throw a shoe at Dwivedi, has been identified as Sunil Kumar. He is reportedly a journalist from Rajasthan and claims to work for Nav Sanchar Patrika.

He asked a question on Baba Ramdev and then got up, climbed the stage where Dwivedi was sitting along with another part spokesperson Manish Tewari.

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He reached near Dwivedi carrying a shoe and threatened him. Dwivedi and Tewari got up on seeing him with a shoe with the former also trying to push him away. The security personnel then rushed on to the stage and overpowered him before he could assault the Congress spokesperson.

He was beaten up by the security personnel and other journalists and then taken out of the Congress office.

"I don't want to comment on this incident. I see this incident as pre-planned," said Dwivedi about the fracas.

Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh blamed the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) for the attempted assault bid on Dwivedi.

"This is the real if fascism, this is the real face of RSS, this is the real face of the BJP. This is the kind of training they give to their members. But I thank the media personnel present there who should their anger on this incident," said Singh.

Kumar was earlier a school teacher with Vidya Bharti School in Sikar in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan from 1998 to 2000.

"Sunil Kumar was a teacher with us from 1998 to 2000. He was the English teacher and was very aggressive. He later resigned and went to Rajasthan Public School, Jhunjhunu. He was rebellious but was never associated with any political party," said Balwant Chirana, Principal of Vidya Bharati Public School, Sikar.

However, Nav Sanchar Patrika Editor Mukesh said that Kumar never worked in his newspaper. Mukesh added that Kumar used to teach in his coaching institute but quit the job about six months ago.

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