Attempts being made to kill me: Pravin Togadia after disappearance

File photo: Pravin Togadia. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India Jan 16, 2018, 07.36 AM (IST)

Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) international working president Pravin Togadia, who went "missing" yesterday morning and was found in an unconscious state at a park in Ahmedabad, said today that he was being "targetted for a decade old case" and that someone had told him that a plan was being made to kill him in an encounter.

He also said that a team from the Rajasthan Police had come to arrest him.

"I am being targetted for a decade-old case. There is an attempt to suppress my voice. Rajasthan Police team came to arrest me. Someone told me plan was being made to kill me in an encounter," Pravin Togadia said.

The VHP leader alleged that attempts are being made to frame him in fake cases.

He said that efforts have been made to silence his voice and not let him speak on issues like the Ram temple, welfare schemes for farmers and the law on cow slaughter.

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Asked who was planning to attack him, he refrained from blaming anyone and said that he will openly talk about the names with evidence.

On Monday, the VHP leader was detected with low blood sugar at the Chandramani Hospital in Ahmedabad's Shahibuag area.

Lack of knowledge regarding Togadia's whereabouts created a ruckus in the state, as VHP workers laid a siege to the Sola police station, shouted slogans, and blocked traffic on the main Sarkehj-Gandhinagar highway.

Meanwhile, a police official from Ahmedabad said that the Rajasthan Police had sought their help to execute the warrant against Togadia since his residence fell in their jurisdiction.

"Rajasthan police today sought our help to execute the warrant against Pravin Togadia, as his residence falls in our area. The warrant, related to section 188 of the IPC, was issued by a sessions court in Gangapur. We took the Rajasthan Police to Togadia's residence but he was not found there," Sola police station inspector JS Patel said.

The police official had also refuted allegations of Togadia being abducted by the police.

In a related case, the Ahmedabad Metropolitan court earlier in January had issued non-bailable warrants (NBWs) against Togadia and 38 others, including Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Daskroi (Ahmedabad), Babu Jamnadas Patel, in a 1996 attempt to murder case.