VHP leader Togadia, who went missing, found unconscious in Ahmedabad

Last Updated: Tue, Jan 16, 2018 15:04 hrs
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Ahmedabad: Vishwa Hindu Parishad's international working president Pravin Togadia was found unconscious in a hospital in Shahibagh locality in Ahmedabad late on Monday after being reported "missing" earlier.

The police said he was brought by people to a private Chandra- Mani hospital in an unconscious state, which the doctors claimed was caused by low level of sugar.

VHP leader stable, say doctors

"He is diabetic because of which he has fallen and lost consciousness. It is a case of hypoglycemia. When he was brought to the hospital his sugar was just 30 .He is better now. Though a bit confused and weak he has regained his senses. There are no injuries on the head or any other body part. We will carry out further investigations soon. He does not remember what happened to him and once he is fine he will be able to recall what happened," Indian Express quoted Dr RM Agrawal, president of Chandramani hospital as saying.

He was admitted in the hospital around 9.20 p.m. and later his condition was stated to be stable, the police said.

The police, however, still have no idea how the VHP leader reached Sardarnagar which was about 15 kilometres away from the VHP office from where he reportedly left in an autorickshaw.

The details would emerge after the police could speak to Toghadia on Tuesday.

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.

Hardik visits Togadia

Patidar leader Hardik Patek visited Togadia at hospital and also took to twitter questioning the weak security of the VHP leader and why the Home Minister was quiet when he went missing. He also wondered why the VHP and BJP leaders are not concerned.

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader went missing amid allegations that the Rajasthan Police took him away in connection with a 10-year-old murder case. Around 50 VHP workers had created a ruckus at a police station in Ahmedabad.

Togadia expresses possibility that he may be killed

An angry Togadia in a press conference said he was unnecessarily being 'targeted': "I am being targeted for a decade old case, there is an attempt to suppress my voice. Rajasthan Police team came to arrest me. Someone told me the plan was to kill."

Togadia said Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria assured him on the day that there was no police action underway against him.

"They told me 'they have not sent any police' and that 'if something like this would be happening we would have known it'... When I realised the CM and Home Minister are denying the police action, I switched off all my mobile phone so that my location could not be traced.... later I got to know that they (police) have come with an arrest warrant," he added. The VHP leader also said attempts are being made to silence him - "Ram Mandir, a law on cow slaughter and welfare schemes for farmers are the issues that I have spoken about. These are attempts to silence my voice."

Who is Pravin Togadia?

An oncologist before he became a fulltime member of the RSS and the VHP, Togadia was and still is a key rightwing activist in Gujarat. He is currently the acting president of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and was already a senior in the Gujarat VHP when Modi was sent to Ahmedabad as chief minister in October 2001.

Togadia who moved to Ahmedabad at the age of 10 and joined the RSS few years later was a colleague of PM Modi. Modi joined the orgniazation in 1984, a year after Togadia had joined.

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