To­ga­dia says he dis­ap­peared fear­ing a ‘po­lice en­counter’

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES SPORT -

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.

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