MUMBAI -- The Shiv Sena on Friday said it was not surprised over David Coleman Headley's revelation that Late Balasaheb Thackeray and the party's headquarters in Dadar were being targeted by the LeT, adding that it was 'a Paramvir Chakra moment for the party'.
"Shiv Sena supremo late Bala Saheb Thackrey ji, played the role of a fierce patriot, who always fought the battle against Pakistan, so the terrorists of Pakistan would target Shiv Sena and its chief. We are not at all surprised over David Headley's revelation," Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut told the media.
"We feel this is proud and privileged for us. It feels like we have got the Mahavir Chakra and Paramvir Chakra. We are patriots and we fear no one and we will continue our work," he added.
Raut further remembered the late Sena supremo, saying Bala Saheb Thackrey always said that he was proud to be on the hit-list of Pakistan.
"The Shiv Sena Bhawan, Thackrey family and the Matoshree have been on the hit list of Pakistan terrorists, they haven't been successful yet neither they would be in the future," he added.
When asked to respond if any member of the party was involved in the episode, Raut said, "I don't feel any Shiv Sainiks would have been involved in this episode."
Pakistani-American terrorist Headley told a Mumbai court today during his deposition, that he tried to develop close relations with a Shiv Sena member as he thought that Lashkar-e-Taiba might be interested to either attack Sena Bhawan or "assassinate its head", a reference to Bal Thackeray.
Headley was answering questions put to him by Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam regarding all those people in Mumbai with whom he had developed friendly relations.
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