Togadia says he disappeared fearing a ‘police encounter’
Ahmedabad: Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) international working president Pravin Togadia said on Tuesday that he got information that police were coming for his “encounter”. He made this allegation a day after he went “missing” in the wake of Rajasthan police arriving here to arrest him. Eleven hours later, on Monday evening, he was “found” in an unconscious state in Kotarpur here by an unidentified caller.
“I was at the VHP office on Monday, performing morning puja, when someone told me that police are coming for my encounter. At that time, I did not pay heed. After some time, I got a call that a team of Rajasthan police accompanied by Gujarat police is coming from Sola. I am not a person who would be afraid to die, but I feared its consequences in the country. I left the office with a karyakarta (VHP worker) in an auto,” said Togadia, explaining his disappearance.
Addressing mediapersons with a cannula attached to his hand, Togadia said he had started off for Jaipur on Monday afternoon when he fell unconscious and had to be hospitalised. He claimed there was a conspiracy to arrest him to suppress his voice. He alleged that IB was behind the recent police cases against him.