WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India
Jan 16, 2018, 04.00 PM
Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) international working president Pravin Togadia who went "missing" in Ahmedabad on Monday -- before being found unconscious in a park -- was visited in hospital Tuesday by Congress leader Arjun Modhwadia and Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel.
Modhwadia said it was a serious issue.
"We all know the track record of Rajasthan police (about encounters). We also know what happens to those who raise voice against the BJP, be it (BJP leaders) Sanjay Joshi, Haren Pandya or (CBI) judge (B H) Loya. To stop recurrence of such incidents, an independent inquiry must be conducted in Togadia's case," he said.
Togadia had gone "missing" after a Rajasthan Police contingent landed in Ahmedabad to arrest him in an old case.
Togadia later said at a press conference attempts were being made to kill him while he was raising the voice of the Hindu community.
He said people had informed that he would be killed in a fake encounter.
Patel, after meeting Togadia, pointed a finger of blame at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah.
"Rights of common people are being snatched. I may not agree with Pravinbhai's ideology, but I am always with him. We all know what kind of conspiracies are being hatched by Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. I don't know about Hindus, but a leader of a Hindu organisation is definitely in danger now," he said.
The Congress party's Rajasthan in-charge Ashok Gehlot, who was chief minister of Rajasthan when Togadia was booked under section 188 of IPC for defying police orders in Gangapur in 2002, also sought an inquiry into Togadia's claims.
He added that the issue is serious since both states, Rajasthan and Gujarat, have BJP governments in power.
After being found Monday evening, Togadia was admitted to hospital in Shahibaug, Ahmedabad.
VHP workers had hit the streets of Ahmedabad and Surat after Togadia had gone "missing".