New Delhi, April 18: The man who threw shoe at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP GVL Narsimha Rao during a press conference on Thursday has been let off a few hours after being taken into custody. The detainee, identified as Shakti Bhargava, threw a shoe at Rao when the latter was meeting reporters to issue a statement on the induction of Malegaon blast-accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur.
Incidentally, the shoe came flying towards Rao just when he was attacking the Congress for opposing the nomination of Sadhvi Pragya as BJP's Lok Sabha candidate from Bhopal, saying that there were no charges against her. Shakti Bhargava, Who Hurled Shoe at BJP MP GVL Narsimha Rao, Was Raided by Income Tax Dept in 2018
BJP workers caught hold of the man before he was detained by the police. He later identified himself as Shakti Bhargava, a Kanpur-based doctor.
Man Who Threw Shoe at Rao Released:
The man who hurled a shoe at BJP MP GVL Narasimha Rao during a press conference at BJP HQs has been let off by Delhi Police after joint interrogation. Police say,'nothing incriminating found from him. No complaint was received against him.His motive was to gain media's attention' https://t.co/sMnGnVDV08
— ANI (@ANI) April 18, 2019
"Shakti Bhargava, who has been detained, told interrogators that he recently met with a huge property loss and wanted media attention for which he attacked the BJP leader," a senior police officer said, adding that the person was being interrogated by the special cell of Delhi Police.
A lookup of Bhargava's Facebook page showed him to be a vocal critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He also claims to be a "whistleblower" in many of his posts.