LAMBI, Punjab—The Chief Minister of Punjab, Parkash Badal, was injured in the eye, due to a shoe being hurled at him by a Sikh activist at a rally of Shiromani Akali Dal in village Ratta Khera of Lambi constituency.
The shoe thrower has been identified as Gurbachan Singh, who is said to be the relative of Jathedar Amrik Singh Anjala, appointed Jathedar of Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib, by the Sarbat Khalsa of 2015.
The incident occurred only a few hours ago when the Parkash Badal was conducting an election campaign on his home turf of the constituency of Lambi. The assailant Gurbachan Singh reportedly moved close to Badal and hit him with his shoe square on his face.
Sources informed that Badal’s spectacles broke due to the force of the shoe, causing some cuts and and a little bleeding. He was immediately escorted out of the venue by the police deployed there.
Sikh24 has learnt that the shoe hurler Gurbachan Singh was expressing protest at the number of desecration incidents which have occurred in Punjab over the last year and, the failure of the Punjab government to investigate the causes and culprits.
Badal’s press statements and the general Indian press themselves are again using the protest as committed by radical and extremist Sikhs.
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