Rabble-rouser VHP leader Pravin Togadia today created a storm with his claim that there was a plot to get him killed in an encounter by the police of Gujarat and Rajasthan, states ruled by the BJP, setting off calls by the Congress for an inquiry into his allegation. "While those attempts failed, he is being targeted being the lone Hindu voice pressurizing for building Ram Mandir and issues like conversion and love jihad" VHP spokesperson Jay Shah said.
However, the Rajasthan Police denied detention or arrest of Togadia.
If Togadia indeed had people informing him about every move of the police, he sure has the access to know on whose orders the alleged encounter plan was hatched. The VHP leader added that he went into hiding as he was anxious that police might kill him in an encounter.
"We all know the track record of Rajasthan police (about encounters)".
"I have complete faith in the judiciary and will present myself for surrender as soon as my doctors allow me to", a tearful Togadia said.
Earlier in the day, VHP leaders and workers claimed that the Rajasthan police had, with the help of Gujarat police, detained him.
"We are pretty sure the Rajasthan Police has arrested our leader".
When asked who was planning to attack him, Togadia refrained from blaming anyone and said he will openly talk about the names with evidence. The worldwide working president of VHP went missing on Monday, setting rumour mills off with his men claiming he had been abducted by the police. "Togadia had mentioned in the morning that he had started off for the airport on his own when he felt dizziness and profuse perspiration", JK Bhatt, JCP (Crime), said. "I have received information that this was done purposefully by someone higher up, without the intervention of (state) home minister or the chief minister", he had said, according to the report. Since some time I feel my voice is being gagged. "If the VHP workers allege that Togadia is missing, then we will look into that matter", said Sola Police Station Inspector GS Patel. "An attempt is being made to stifle my voice by arresting me in different states".
Togadia's close aides claimed that such warrants issued against him would increase. However, they have been loggerheads ever since Modi became the Chief Minister of Gujarat in 2002.