New Delhi: After the Pulwama massacre, which ended the lives of 40 brave CRPF jawans, the government has decided to step up security measures across te nation while tightening the screws on separatists residing in Kashmir.

According to sources, in the next 24 to 36 hours, the Narendra Modi government will withdraw the security cover of the separatists. The security personnel belong largely to the CRPF and other para-military forces.

Sources have confirmed that at least four Hurriyat leaders, found to have been in touch with Pakistan's ISI, will face strict action. The agencies have traced their friends and associates in Pakistan.

The ministry of home affairs is reviewing the separatists' security cover with the help of local security and law enforcement agencies. Those indicted in the reports of the agencies will be stripped of their cover.

Home minister Rajnath Singh on Friday had hinted that the security of such Hurriyat's leaders who are in touch with Pakistan ISI and getting funds from the enemy country will be withdrawn. Singh was in Jammu and Kashmir to pay tributes to the martyrs. He presided over a high-level security meeting in Kashmir.

Singh has directed all the forces to take all possible measures to enhance IED detection capabilities and undertake additional measures to restrict civilian traffic during troop movements.

"Only a minuscule number of misguided youth have joined hands with those across the border in their evil design to spread terrorism. We are reviewing the personal security of elements who take money from Pakistan's ISI," Singh said, striking a politically correct note about the sentiment of Kashmir's Muslims while taking on the Hurriyat.

On Thursday, a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist had rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into a bus carrying CRPF personnel, killing at least 40 jawans in Pulwama. This was the worst terror attack on the security forces in Kashmir.