Pravin Togadia of VHP disappears, later found unconscious

VHP activists outside Chandramani Hospital in Ahmedabad

Terming VHP leader Pravin Togadia's claim that he apprehended a plot to kill him in a police encounter as a "serious issue", opposition Congress in Gujarat today (Tuesday) sought an inquiry.

On Monday, Togadia, who was traced to Chandramani Hospital in Shahibuag area here, was detected with low blood sugar.

Later, another group of VHP workers blocked the busy Sarkhej-Gandhinagar highway, but police broke up the protest.

Pravin Togadia is national working president of Vishwa Hindu Parishad who found unconscious in Ahmedabad's Shahibaug area after missing for hours.

This forced Ahmedabad joint commissioner of police (crime) JK Bhatt to hold a press conference to deny the rumours. He also claimed that CBI was threatening doctors associated with VHP. Reacting to his charge, Nirupam told reporters that, "We have ideological differences with Togadia". "Rights of common people are being snatched". That the threat to him has come from police in two states ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party, one being the bastion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself, raises grave questions over fissures in the Hindutva-driven nationalist ideology. Everybody knows the conspiracy being run under Amitbhai and Narendrabhai.

The Vishva Hindu Parishad on Tuesday welcomed the Centre's decision to withdraw the Haj subsidy and said the money saved from it should be utilised for the education of poor Hindu girls. "Someone told me the plan was being made to kill me in an encounter". However, Police has failed to found him.

Togadia, the International Working President of the VHP, became untraceable for some time yesterday before he was admitted to a hospital in Ahmedabad in an unconscious state.

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the umbrella body of all saffron outfits, in a one-line statement also expressed concern over the "goings-on around Togadia" and hoped the state government and the police would initiate immediate action. "I am in touch with lawyers in Rajasthan".

VHP spokesperson Jay Shah said, "Togadia was brought to the hospital by somebody in an 108 ambulance".

The Congress Party too has extended its support to Togadia. And if such things can happen with him, we can only imagine the situation of common people. But they said that it was hard as court issued it.

This was after his supporters on Monday alleged that their leader was missing and that he had been arrested by Rajasthan Police. "He was in an unconscious state", said Dr. Rupkumar Agrawal at the hospital. "He left in an auto around 10:45 this morning from VHP office in the city", Mr Bhatt told media persons in a briefing amidst speculations of Dr Togadia's detention or arrest by Rajasthan police in a decade old case.

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