Ahmedabad: Hours after being “untraceable” from Ahmedabad in the morning, VHP international working president Pravin Togadia was found in an unconscious state in Shahibaug area of the city tonight and was rushed to a hospital.
The VHP leader, a Z Plus category protectee, had gone “missing” after stepping out of the VHP headquarters in Paldi area of the city when a contingent of Rajasthan Police came to arrest him in an old case.
According to a statement issued by the VHP in Delhi, Togadia (62), who suffered from low blood sugar levels, was found in an unconscious state in Shahibaug and was taken to Chandramani Hospital located in the same area.
“Togadia was brought to the hospital by someone in the 108 ambulance service. He was in an unconscious state,” said Dr. Rupkumar Agrawal at the hospital.
He said Togadia became unconscious as his sugar level had dipped, but was stable now.
“He is stable now. He was unconscious as his sugar level had dipped…he is stable now,” Dr. Agrawal said.
Shahibaug is around 12 kms away from the Paldi office of the VHP.
As the word spread, hundreds of VHP workers rushed to the hospital.
The VHP had earlier claimed Togadia was detained by the Rajasthan Police in connection with the case, but the latter denied this.
The mystery over Togadia’s disappearance had deepened, with a senior police officer maintaining that neither the local Sola police nor the Rajasthan Police arrested him.
Sola police station officials said a team of Rajasthan Police visited them today to execute an arrest warrant against Togadia under section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the IPC, but could not find him at his residence.
According to a senior Crime Branch officer, Togadia, a resident of Thaltej area in the city, boarded an auto-rickshaw from the VHP headquarters in Paldi area this morning and has been untraceable since.
“The Rajasthan Police went to Togadia’s residence in Thaltej area with the Sola Police to execute an arrest warrant (at around 10:45 AM) this morning. But, Togadia was not found there. However, VHP workers thought that he was arrested, which is not true,” police said.
Earlier in the day, VHP spokesperson Jay Shah claimed that Togadia was detained by the Rajasthan Police in an old case.
“Togadia was not at all arrested by our team. 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. 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 had said.