Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdulla joined the ranks of then USA President George Bush, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Home Minister P C Chidambaram, when a disgruntled policemen placed under suspension flung a boot at him at the Independence Day rally.
As Omar rose to deliver his address, Abdul Ahad Jan a policeman under suspension who was seated in the third row of the VIP gallery removed his shoe and flung it at the Chief Minister. However, the shoe missed its target and security personnel were quick to pick up Abdul.
What is not yet known is how the suspended police personnel gained entry into the VIP enclosure.
It may be recalled that George Bush faced the consternation of having a boot flung at him by a journalist at Baghdad. Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari had a similar experience in the United Kingdom when an unhappy Pakistani flung a shoe at him. And at home, Home Minister P Chidambaram had to actually duck to avoid the shoe flung at him by a journalist at a press conference.