The National Investigation Agency on Wednesday discovered a hotline to Pakistan from the house of separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
The NIA carried out the searches on the separatist leaders in connection with a terror funding case. As per reports, local police and local police and CRPF personnel had cordoned off the areas before the NIA investigators began their searches at several places across Srinagar.
Besides Farooq, the NIA carried out searches at the houses of Nayeem Geelani, son of hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, JKLF leader Yaseen Malik, Shabir Shah, Ashraf Sehrai and Zaffar Bhat, Hindustan Times reported.
Notably, while Malik has been in detention since Friday, Shabir Shah has been lodged in Delhi’s Tihar jail since July 2017.
The IAF strike at JeM camps in Pakistan and the NIA raids at separatists leaders in Kashmir came almost 11 days after the terror attack in Pulwama where a CRPF convoy was targeted on February 14, killing at least 40 security personnel. Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad had claimed responsibility of the attack.
In the wee hours of Tuesday, 12 Mirage 2000 jets of the IAF crossed the LoC and bombed the terror camp of the JeM in Balakot, resulting in the death of at least 350 terrorists.