Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir), Mar 13: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday carried out an extensive search at the Srinagar Central Jail and seized over 25 mobile phones, a Pakistani flag and Jihadi material, an official spokesman said. At least 20 teams of the probe agency raided the high-security prison with Jammu and Kashmir Police, CRPF and NSG.

The team was accompanied by doctors, witnesses and magistrates. The prison houses some of the most wanted and dreaded terrorists, including those from Pakistan.

“The search was carried out in connection with investigation of NIA case (Arrest of Danish Gulam Lone and Sohail Ahmed Bhat by Kupwara Police) in which it was found that fresh recruits of Al-Badr, a proscribed terrorist organisation, were being sent across for arms training in furtherance of a conspiracy hatched from inside the Central Jail Srinagar,” the NIA Spokesperson said.

“During the search, 25 mobile phones, some SIM cards, five SD cards, five pen drives, one iPod and a large number of incriminating documents/articles including a poster of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and a Pakistani flag beside jihadi literature were seized,” he added.

The NIA raid started early in the morning and continues till late afternoon.

During the raids, it was found that fresh recruits of Al-Badr, a terrorist organisation, were being sent for arms training. The agency is also investigating the escape of Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Mohammed Naveed Jhatt from a Srinagar hospital. It is believed that the plan for Jatt’s escape was hatched inside the Srinagar Central Jail/