The Man Who Threw A Shoe At Omar

"Suspended Police Head Constable Abdul Ahad Jan threw a shoe at Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah during the flag-hoisting ceremony on Independence Day. ""Omar has joined the elite club of world leaders targeted with shoes,"" said Farooq Abdullah, Union Minister of New and Renewable Energy Minister. Farooq Abdullah has trivialised what is being construed as a larger design to humiliate the government.On record, police say Ahad Jan is mentally unsound. His villagers say, he is anything but unsound. Ahad Jan is a hero, making a deliberate political statement. ""The security is very tight in the flag-hoisting venue where top police officers and VIPs are seated. How could a mentally-retarded reach there? He is a responsible citizen,"" said Bashir Ahmad, resident of Ajis village in north Kashmir. This voice lends credence to the theory that this was not purely disgruntled-policeman act. One, because it was not possible for a suspended policeman to go past several check points into the VIP gallery without being spotted by any of his colleagues out in full strength on Independence Day. Two, the minimum requirement to enter was a VIP pass which the police did not find on him at the time of his arrest. "