Left leaning students attacked Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia with eggs and tomatoes to protest the Centre’s “failure” to check price rise, but the edible missiles missed him.

According to an eyewitness account, some students, owing allegiance to CPI(M)’s student wing SFI, waved black flags and shouted “Montek go back” before hurling eggs and tomatoes at Mr. Ahluwalia as he was entering the Presidency College here to inaugurate a national seminar on economics.

But they clearly missed their target.

SFI sources, however, denied that eggs and tomatoes were hurled, but said that a demonstration was held to protest price rise and also the Centre’s failure to implement the Tapas Majumder report on higher education.

The country has been battling double-digit food inflation for long and the matter has already rocked the ongoing monsoon session of Parliament.

There was no report of any arrest.