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India: Shoe hurled at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi during rally in Uttar Pradesh

Gandhi is in Uttar Pradesh campaigning for his party for the upcoming elections in the state. Photograph: (Getty)

WION Sitapur, Uttar Pradesh, India Sep 26, 2016, 10.34 AM (IST)

A shoe was today hurled at Rahul Gandhi, vice-president of Congress, India’s opposition party, during his ‘Kisan Yatra’ in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

The Special Protection Group (SPG) men immediately swung into action and surrounded Gandhi after the incident.

The police arrested a youth in connection to the incident and took him to the city police station. The accused has been identified as Hari Om Mishra, a resident of Hargaon.

Gandhi was riding in an open-top vehicle in the Sitapur district campaigning for his party for the upcoming elections in the state.

He has been organising discussions in villages to interact with farmers and address their issues.

Gandhi managed to save himself by a whisker as the shoe flew past him.

"BJP, RSS throw as many shoes you want on me, I don't fear you...I am unaffected by it," Rahul Ganhdi replied to the incident saying it reflected their weakness.

(WION with inputs from agencies)

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