Togadia disappearance case: VHP men targets Muslims

AHMEDABAD: A group of Muslims allegedly being beaten and their vehicles were ransacked by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) workers after the mysterious disappearance of Pravin Togadia.

According to Times Of India reports, the incident took place in Paldi on Monday evening when Hindu right-wingers were trying to block roads in protest and beaten Muslims.

Alpsankhyak Adhikar Manch (AAM), a minority rights organization has expressed anguish over the incident.

City-based advocate and activist Shamshad Pathan, on behalf of AAM submitted the memorandum to the district collector which stated that innocent Muslims were beaten by VHP workers and sought legal actions in the case.

VHP had held a Chakkajam (road block) programme at Paldi Crossroads after the VHP’s international president Pravin Togadia, who has Z+ security, went missing on January 15. At that time, an elderly Muslim man with a beard was beaten and his two-wheeler was damaged by VHP workers. VHP workers had also smashed the glasses of autorickshaws belonging to Muslims. Many Muslim autorickshaw drivers were saved from the mob fury only due to the intervention of police. The entire incident was captured on CCTV cameras installed by city traffic police. The VHP workers resorted to violence and tried to foment communal hatred,” reads the memorandum submitted to the collector.

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Shamshad demanded the immediate arrest of VHP workers and also the persons whose vehicles were deliberately destroy must be compensated by the state government.

A day after he reappeared from his brief disappearance, Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s international working president Pravin Togadia on Tuesday expressed the possibility that he may be killed.