Attempts made to muzzle my voice: Togadia

Michele Moreno
January 18, 2018

"Pravinbhai is missing, his mobile is switched off and his location is not traceable", Gujarat VHP leader Ranchhodbhai Bharwad told media.

When elections were held in VHP last month, instead of having a consensus candidate, the RSS for the first time pushed for a contest, with former Himachal Pradesh governor Justice (Retd) Vishnu Sadashiv Kokje and senior VHP functionary Jagannath Sahi vying for top positions.

"Togadia has said he will provide evidence (to show who is behind the conspiracy)". Which agency in the country is planning to eliminate him? City police had formed four teams to locate the Hindutva leader.

To unravel the mystery surrounding who could want to kill Togadia, let's revisit the sequence of events over the past 48 hours or so.

He was reported to be "untraceable" since Monday morning when a contingent of Rajasthan Police came to arrest him in an old case, officials said.

A tearful Togadia, 62, said that he went into hiding as he feared police will kill him in an encounter. "I will later reveal who is behind it all", he added. "While I was offering Pooja yesterday morning, one person entered my office and said that I will be killed in encounter", said a tearful Togadia. I have no complaints against the Gujarat Police or Rajasthan Police. He immediately left his house in an auto. As per my information, the police team of Gangapur (in Rajasthan) is returning without executing the arrest warrant, as he (Togadia) was not found in Ahmedabad. Togadia says both confirmed this wasn't the case and had it been the case, they would have been aware of it. I contacted lawyers to file quashing petition of a warrant but they advised me for self-production before the court and I chose to leave for Jaipur immediately.

He broke into a sweat and started feeling giddy while he was still in the auto. "It is a rumour that Togadia is in our custody which is not true at all", said Inspector General of Police, Bharatpur range, Alok Kumar Vashishtha.

He requested the Gujarat Crime Branch not to succumb to "political pressure" as he has done nothing wrong.

The question is why is Togadia not coming out in the open about it? I may not agree with Pravinbhai's ideology, but I am always with him.

Vratadhar Ramanuj Jeeyar Swami Tridandiji, president of Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha said Togadia is feeling victimised as Modi disapproves of his activities. "After talking to the Rajasthan CM, I made a decision to switch off my mobile phone", he said. These questions need urgent answers. When the lawyers said it was not easy to do so, Togadia made a decision to go to Jaipur.

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