Shoes hurled at Naveen.

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Bargarh: Shoes hurled at Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik while he was campaigning for Biju Janata Dal (BJD) candidate for the ensuing Bijepur bypoll.  Patnaik was campaigning at Kumbhari under Barpali block while he was attacked. However, one of his alert personal security officers (PSOs) blocked the incoming objects. Soon after, the BJD supremo was whisked away from the spot.

The security personnel swooped on the attacker and took him under their custody. The youth, who was sitting in the front row, has been detained at the local police station, sources said.

The detained youth, identified as Kartik Meher from Padmapur area, is believed to be a worker of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as a party flag and cards were found from his pocket, said Inspector-In-Charge of Barpali Police Station Subrat Behera.

He, however, denied to speak on the youth’s political affiliation to any particular party.

Confessing to his crime, the youth, showing no regret for his act, said: ” I did it (throwing shoes) after three people inspired me to do so without naming the three persons.”

Terming the attack a pre-planned one, BJD alleged the youth is a BJP worker. ” The BJP did it after knowing that it will not be able to win in Bijepur. It shows their (BJP) low mentality, frustration and goondaism.”

Rubbishing the allegation leveled by the BJD, BJP stated that no one from the Saffron party involved in the incident. ” The detained youth is not a BJP worker and nobody within the party involved in the incident. It’s an act by a common man who was forced to do so due to the utter failure of Naveen Patnaik government.,” BJP MLA Pradeep Purohit said.