Journalist throws shoe at India's home minister

NEW DELHI Tue Apr 7, 2009 8:25am BST

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A Sikh journalist threw a shoe at India's home minister during a news conference on Tuesday after getting angry with his reply to a question on 1984 riots in which hundreds of Sikhs were killed.

The shoe missed Palaniappan Chidambaram, who lent back to avoid it. He later smiled and asked security guards to take the reporter out of the room.

This was the latest incident of show-throwing as a mark of protest against political leaders, including former President George W. Bush and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.

(Reporting by Nigam Prusty; Editing by Alistair Scrutton and Sanjeev Miglani)

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