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India’s NIA raids Srinagar jail, seizes phones, iPod

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
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India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) raided the Srinagar Central Jail and seized more than two dozen mobile phones, jihadi literature and a Pakistan flag, apart from data hardware, an official spokesman said.

20 teams of the NIA, assisted by J&K Police, CRPF and NSG, carried out extensive searches inside the jail. The teams were accompanied by magistrates, witnesses and doctors.

They recovered 25 mobile phones, some SIM cards, five SD cards, five pen drives, an iPod and a large number of incriminating documents and articles, including a Pakistan flag. Jihadi literature was also seized.

The searches started early Monday morning and continued till late afternoon.

All the barracks and the open ground were inspected thoroughly with deep-search metal detectors, while drones kept a close watch on the entire operation.

The NIA said the raids were conducted in connection with the investigation into the arrests of Danish Gulam Lone and Sohail Ahmed Bhat by Kupwara Police.

During the course of the investigation, it was found that fresh recruits of militants, were being sent across for arms training in furtherance of a conspiracy hatched from inside the jail.

The agency is also probing the escape of militant Mohammed Naveed Jhatt on February 6 from the busy SMHS hospital in Srinagar. It is believed that the conspiracy of his escape was hatched in the Srinagar central jail.