Jan 23, 2012 at 10:57pm IST

Shoe thrown at Rahul Gandhi during a rally in Dehradun

Dehradun: A shoe was thrown at Congress General Secretary and Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi during an election rally on Monday in Dehradun. The shoe fell well short of the Congress leader.

One person was detained for throwing the shoe. The youth, identified as Kuldip, was immediately taken into custody.

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As the security personnel and Congress supporters grabbed Kuldip, Rahul Gandhi was heard saying "don't hit him".

Rahul Gandhi said that such attacks were not going to deter him.

"If some people think that throwing a shoe will deter me and force me to run away, then they are mistaken. Rahul Gandhi will not run away," he said.

This is not the first such incident that took place during Rahul Gandhi's campaign this election season.

On Saturday, January 21, two youths raised black flags and shouted slogans against corruption when Rahul Gandhi was addressing a poll rally at tribal-dominated area, Duddhi in Sonbhadra district of Uttar Pradesh.

Soon after their act, they were beaten up by some people attending the Adivasi Sashaktikaran Dhanyawad rally.

Police detained one of the youths, Ajay Kumar Singh, who is said to be the supporter of yoga guru Ramdev.

Two days before the black flag incident, Rahul Gandhi had to abruptly end his speech at a rally in Banda after some youths demonstrated with banners and posters demanding bringing back of black money stashed abroad.

Moreover, this was the second shoe attack that took place in Dehradun within a week.

On Saturday, January 21, a person hurled a shoe at Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal at a public meeting in Dehradun. The shoe was hurled when Kejriwal was on his way to the stage, but before the team could realise anything, the attacker was whisked away by the police.

The man, identified as Kishan Lal, has been arrested. Lal said that this was in response to Anna Hazare's comment on the slap at Sharad Pawar, and he was reacting to that comment, which he perceived to be very insensitive.

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