Omar's Shoe-thrower Released After CM Forgives Him17 August 2010
The Indian Express
Srinagar: After the personal intervention of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, the suspended police head constable Abu Ahad Jan, who threw a shoe at the chief minister during a function on Independence Day was released on Tuesday. Abdullah asked the police to drop all charges against the head constable. Soon after his release, the state government made arrangements to send him home to Bandipore in a helicopter. But Jan could not be flown because he had high blood pressure. He was taken to a hospital instead. Earlier on Monday, Jan was remanded to five days in police custody by the court of Forest Majistrat Masarat Ruhi. Jan was booked under sections on sedition. Jan had broken down in court on Monday, saying he had been tortured in police custody, his lawyer Mudassir Gulzar said. Gulzar had said: “He was not in a good condition and complained about being in pain.” Jan had told the court he threw the shoe out of his own volition and because of his anger about the prevailing state of affairs. He had said he was a son of the soil and was angry about the ongoing killings. Jan is, however, believed to have told the police that he was incited by a mainstream politician to throw the shoe at Abdullah. Jan threw the shoe at Chief Minister Omar Abdullah when he went up on the podium to unfurl the national flag on Independence Day. He breached the tight security cordon and sat in the third row of the VIP enclosure. After throwing his shoe which didn’t hit Abdullah, Jan shouted pro-freedom slogans. He was quickly overpowered and taken into custody. Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Geelani had saluted Jan’s courage. “The Abdullah family has always betrayed Kashmiris for their hunger for power. The shoe-throwing is the result of the consequent anger,” Geelani had said.