MUMBAI: In the wake of separatist leader Masarat Alam's release, Shiv Sena on Wednesday attacked Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, saying that he was a "godfather" of separatists and demanded his arrest.
"The separatists in Kashmir have got a godfather in Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, who has increased their strength. The BJP's coalition partner in Kashmir (PDP) has a mindset that is further complicating the situation there rather than solving it," an editorial in Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' said.
The Sena alleged that the meeting between Pakistan envoy Abdul Basit and separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani at a time when secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan have just resumed, has been "inspired" by Sayeed.
"It is being said that during this meet, detailed talks were held over the present situation in J&K. All this has happened suddenly. Mufti Mohammed Sayeed is definitely the inspiration behind this meet," the saffron party said.
"Whatever is happening in Kashmir is not in the interest of the country. Do anything you want, but do not get India into trouble. Do not be a part of this crime against the country. Releasing of separatist leader Masarat Alam is like helping terrorists. So, arrest Mufti Sayeed and file a criminal case against him," the Sena said in a veiled reference to the BJP.