Togadia 'missing': Special team to look for him


"We took the Rajasthan Police to Togadia's residence but he was not found there". Togadia had alleged that he was not permitted to speak on issues like Ram Temple, farmers and cow slaughter and some people were attempting to stifle his voice.

"A SRP (State Reserve Police) jawan, who was deployed outside the VHP office, told us that Togadia and a bearded man called an auto-rickshaw and left the office at around 10:45 A.M. Before leaving, Togadia told the security staff the he will be back within 30 minutes. But on humanitarian grounds, we sympathise with him when he says there is a plot to kill him". "Now his life is in danger. He got Togadia admitted and left the hospital immediately", Bhatt said.

In a weird incident, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Pravin Togadia, who has Z-plus security protecting him, went missing from his organisation's office in Ahmedabad on Monday. "They advised me that if the warrant is issued by the judiciary, I should appear before the court", said Togadia.

VHP spokesperson Jay Shah, however, claimed that Togadia was detained by the Rajasthan Police in an old case. But Gujarat Police have dismissed it as a "made-up story". Highly placed sources in the home department and in the city police said that at about 1am on Monday, Togadia had told his Z-plus security escort to come to VHP office on Monday noon. However, on Monday, scores of VHP activists took to the streets Monday evening after reports of Togadia's arrest and continued sit-ins even after a Gujarat police statement that he had gone "missing". "Togadia's allegation that the police were here to kill him in an encounter is false". "It (Togadia's apprehension) is just a figment of imagination", Bhatt said.

Alleging that the Sola police helped the Rajasthan Police arrest the VHP's worldwide acting president from Paldi area in Ahmedabad, the workers demanded to know his whereabouts.

The VHP chief did, however, allege that the Intelligence Bureau was working against him, and claimed there was a conspiracy to get him tangled in a web of false cases. But they said that it was hard as court issued it.

"There is a political conspiracy to target him", Patel said after meeting Togadia in a hospital.

This was after the Metropolitan Court cancelled a non-bailable warrant issued against Togadia, the International Working President of the right-wing militant outfit, VHP.

"While I was offering pooja yesterday morning, one person entered my office and said that I will be killed in a police encounter", The Indian Express quoted the VHP leader as saying. "I have received information that this was done purposefully by someone higher up, without the intervention of (state) Home Minister or Chief Minister".