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India shoe-thrower released without charge

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India shoe-thrower released without charge
A photo of Al-Ziedi and shoes are displayed as demonstrators hold a rally calling on the Iraqi government to free Montather Al-Ziedi, the man who threw his shoes at George W. Bush, at the Iraqi Embassy in Washington on December 29, 2008. The rally is timed to immediately precede Mr. Al-Ziedi's appearance in Iraq's Central Criminal Court on December 31. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg) | License Photo

NEW DELHI, April 7 (UPI) -- An angry Sikh journalist who threw his shoe at India's home minister in New Delhi was released Tuesday without charge, police say.

Jarnail Singh, identified as a longtime correspondent with the Hindi language daily newspaper Dainik Jagran, was taken away by security guards from a news conference with Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram after hurling his sneaker at the Cabinet member, CNN reported.

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The shoe barely missed Chidambaram's face, who called for calm after the incident. Singh was later released without charges, Delhi police spokesman Rajan Bhagat told the U.S. broadcaster.

Singh was angered by Chidambaram's refusal to answer a question about the nomination by his Congress Party of a lawmaker who was accused of fanning mob actions against Sikh minority members following the 1984 assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards.

CNN reported that India's federal police recommended withdrawal of the case against the lawmaker, Jagdish Tytler, due to lack of credible evidence.

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