The alliance partner of the BJP in Maharashtra and Centre, the Shiv Sena on Friday said that the advisory asking Amarnath Yatra pilgrims and tourists leave Kashmir as soon as possible due to intelligence inputs about terrorist attacks in the Valley was extremely angering and the government should not give into these threats.
In a series of tweets, Aditya Thackeray, son of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said that he has full faith the India's armed forces will "purge" all these terrorists who threatened the pilgrims and tourists in the Valley.
"The advisory to Amarnath Yatra pilgrims & tourists to exit Jammu & Kashmir due to terror threats is extremely angering. I’m sure we have the strength to purge out terrorists from J&K at the will of our Govt and not give into these threats, while ensuring safety of every pilgrim," the Thackeray junior said.
The remarks of the Shiv Sena leader came after the authorities issued an advisory asking tourists and Amarnath Yatris to "immediately" curtail their stay in the Valley and return to their homes "as soon as possible". The advisory issued by Principal Secretary to Government Shaleen Kabra said that given the prevailing situation in Kashmir, it will be in the interest of safety and security of the tourists and Amarnath Yatris to leave the Valley.
"Keeping in view the latest intelligence inputs of terror threats, with specific targeting of the Amarnath Yatra, and given the prevailing security situation in the Kashmir Valley, in the interest of safety and security of the tourists and Amarnath Yatris, it is advised that they may curtail their stay in the Valley immediately and take necessary measures to return as soon as possible," the advisory said.
The government advisory came hours after the Indian Army revealed that they have confirmed intelligence reports that terrorists backed by the Pakistan Army are trying to disrupt the Amarnath Yatra. Addressing a joint presser with CRPF and Jammu and Kashmir Police, the Army said that they have recovered a landmine and a sniper rifle with Pakistan ordnance factory markings from the route of the pilgrimage.
The revelation also comes in the backdrop of massive troops buildup in Kashmir. After rushing 10,000 troops of paramilitary forces to Kashmir last, the central on Thursday moved over 280 companies of security forces, which makes more 28,000 troops, to the Valley. It has also pressed the Indian Air Force aircraft including the C-17 heavy lift plane into service.