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Following Davinder Singh’s arrest, Shiv Sena questions police’s role in Kashmir

MUMBAI: Days after the arrest of Deputy SP Davinder Singh along with two Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists, Shiv Sena on Saturday questioned the role of police in the Kashmir Valley.

“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, Saamna, read.

This was in reference to the incident in which Jammu and Kashmir police intercepted a vehicle on Sunday and arrested DySP Davinder Singh along with two top Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists, who were travelling together.

The Sena mouthpiece 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 the recent days, it hoped that “Republic Day will be celebrated safely in Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir”.