Shoe chucker alarm, police ask Advani supporters to take off shoes

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Coimbatore, Apr 14 (ANI): Following a recent shoe-chucking incident in New Delhi, the police, as a precautionary measure, asked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers to remove their shoes when they visited the Coimbatore airport to greet their leader L K Advani.

"The police asked us to take off our footwear outside the airport premises as they believed some untoward incident might take place. We strongly condemn this act. Supposing another day, somebody takes off his dress as a mark of protest, will the police ask all men and women to remove their dress and enter a venue?" asked Vinod Kumar, a BJP activist.

They had come to greet Advani at the airport.

Advani was transiting through Coimbatore on his way to Kerala for a whirlwind poll campaign tour.

Recently, there have been a couple of shoe throwing incidents. A retired school principal threw a shoe at Congress MP Navin Jindal in Kurukshetra.

Earlier, an agitated Dainik Jagran journalist threw a shoe at Union Home Minister, P. Chidambaram during a press conference at the Congress headquarters in Delhi.

In a similar incident, last December, Muntadhar al-Zaidi, an Iraqi journalist with Egypt-based al-Baghdadia television network, had thrown his shoes at former President George W. Bush during a news conference in Baghdad. (ANI)

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