Shoe hurled at Omar Abdullah

A policeman flung a shoe at Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) chief minister Omar Abdullah at an Independence Day event on Sunday, which saw thousands of Kashmiris in the streets protesting against Indian rule.

Security was tight across the IoK Valley for the annual national holiday, which freedom fighters traditionally mark as a “black day”.

At the main official function in a sports stadium in occupied Srinagar, Abdullah had just unfurled the Indian national flag when the show was thrown.

The minister was not hit and the policeman, who had chanted “we want freedom”, was quickly overpowered by bodyguards.

“Hurling a shoe is better than hurling a stone,” Abdullah commented after the incident.