The NIA has said that links to SDPI and PFI have emerged during the raids which were carried out in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu earlier on Wednesday.
The investigative agency has found pamphlets of the organisations during the raids it conducted in the houses and workplace of the accused.
Earlier on Wednesday, the NIA had conducted raids in seven locations in Coimbatore in connection with the ISIS module case. Apart from the SDPI and PFI pamphlets, it seized four mobiles, 29 SIM cards, ten pen drives, three laptops, six memory cards, four hard disc drives and 13 CDs/ DVDs, 300 air-gun pellets, incriminating documents.
The NIA officials carried out the raids after receiving a tip-off from other intelligence agencies. As per sources, Tamil Nadu state police is also present at the spot of the searches.
Sources suggest that the searches have been carried out at the residence of 7 people, in connections with the Sri Lankan organisation which was involved in bomb blast through social media.
Details about the spice trader's family have also emerged. A top NIA source has confirmed to Republic TV that the spice trader's families would regularly visit Kochi. Investigations reveal that they would stay in the same hotel in Kochi.
“There is documentary evidence of Mohammed Yusuf Ibrahim’s family travelling to Kochi. We are still probing whether this was only a business trip or there is more to it,” said a top NIA source. Ibrahim’s two sons 33-year-old Inshaf Ahmed Ibrahim and 31-year-old Ilham Ahmed Ibrahim were allegedly involved in the Easter attacks.
The NIA probe has also uncovered the link between Zahran Hashim and Riyaz Aboobacker - who was arrested on April 30 by the NIA in Kerala in connection to the Sri Lanka Easter blasts.
The NIA also suspects that Zahran Hashim who it believes is the mastermind had also travelled to India illegally via sea route.