Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray. (Photo: PTI)
The Shiv Sena in its mouthpiece Saamana on Saturday said that news of foiling terror attacks before Republic Day is "not new".
"Arresting some terrorists and foiling terror plans is a routine before Republic Day is every year. One more such terror attack has been foiled. It looks like these militants wait for Republic Day and Independence Day with weapons and are caught by security forces as they leave their houses," Shiv Sena said in the editorial.
However, the party appreciated the efforts of security forces in nabbing the terrorists but added that "not all is well in Kashmir. Militant activities are on".
The editorial also said that the abrogation of Article 370 is a historic step. "Days of separate flag, separate constitution are gone. People there are happy, but that happiness is based on guns and this picture should also change," it said.
Further, the Shiv Sena questioned the role of police in the Kashmir valley in wake of the recent arrest of J&K DSP Davinder Singh along with two Hizbul terrorists.
"Cross border infiltration is ongoing in Kashmir. But the police machinery is being used to help the terrorists in Kashmir to safely cross the border (to Pakistan) and a President's medal awarded Deputy SP was arrested for doing so. In Kashmir (it seems), the government is using the police for some other purposes, what will the country's Home Ministry say if somebody has a doubt in connection with the Pulwama attacks," Sena mouthpiece, Saamana, read.
The Sena mouthpiece also asserted that the impact and acceptance of the Centre removing Article 370 should be visible "through the people" during the upcoming Republic Day celebrations.
"Jammu and Kashmir is now a Union Territory. It is being ruled by the Centre through President's Rule. The government had removed Article 370 in a historic decision...The joy and excitement in the people over the removal of 370 should be visible in the Republic Day celebrations this time. The tricolour should be seen flying over all houses in Kashmir, it is the least that can be expected," it added.
The Sena mouthpiece further said that with the arrest of terrorists in recent days, the party hoped that "Republic Day will be celebrated safely in Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir".