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Vishwa Hindu Parishad claims Pravin Togadia is missing; cops deny arrest

The Rajasthan Police denied any detention or arrest of Pravin Togadia

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

Pravin Togadia
Pravin Togadia

The (VHP) on Monday claimed its international working president was "missing" since morning and held a protest demanding that he be "traced".

The claimed (62) was detained by the in connection with a case, but the latter denied this.

Local Sola police station officials said a team of visited them today to execute an arrest warrant against the leader under section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the IPC in an old case, but could not find him at his residence.

workers laid a siege to the Sola police station, shouted slogans, and blocked traffic on main Sarkehj- Gandhinagar highway demanding that the police immediately locate him.

"Our International Working President is missing since 10 am today. The responsibility of his whereabouts and security lies with the administration," the VHP's Gujarat unit general secretary Ranchod Bharwad told reporters.

He said it was not yet confirmed weather was arrested or not.

BJP spokesperson Jay Shah, however, claimed that was detained by the in an old case.

"Our leader has been detained in an old case and was taken away by the from the state headquarters in Paldi area of the city," he claimed.

However, the denied detention or arrest of

"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 is in our custody which is not true at all," said Inspector General of Police, Bharatpur range, Alok Kumar Vashishtha.

Gangapur town is in Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan and falls under the jurisdiction of Bharatpur range of the state police.

Sola police officials said the had sought their help in executing the arrest warrant against

"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 to Togadia's residence but he was not found there," said Sola police station inspector J S Patel.

He said the team of the left after they could not find

"It is not true that he is in our custody. We do not know his whereabouts," the inspector added.

At around 4 PM, a group of 40 workers of the laid a siege to Sola police station and shouted slogans for the "release" their working president.

Later, another group of workers blocked the busy Sarkhej-Gandhinagar highway, but police broke up the protest.

First Published: Mon, January 15 2018. 20:41 IST
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