Hitesh Chauhan, a 21-year-old computer engineering student attempted to fling a shoe at PM Manmohan Singh as he entered the Tagore Hall in Ahmedabad.
The shoe-thrower had failed his fourth semester in computer engineering from an institute in Gandhinagar and reportedly told the police that he had thrown the shoe for publicity and fame. Chauhan was reported to be notorious on the campus for leading protests, joining inter-college clashes and has been booked once for cheating in an exam.
Dr Manmohan Singh, who was on this first visit to Gujarat to campaign for the elections, was nonplussed at the shoe-bite incident and continued with his address.
Police nabbed Chauhan and took him away to the Ellisbridge police station in Ahmedabad.