The army's initial investigation into the killing of five Indian soldiers in Poonch on August 6 has indicated that they were asleep when specialist Pakistani troops pumped bullets into them from point-blank range, top sources have said.
HT was the first to report on August 11 that the slain soldiers were shot at close range when they were probably resting.
Despite the army's reluctance to comment on the killings, sources unofficially said it was highly likely that the soldiers were asleep. There was no firefight with the Pakistanis — a clear indication that the men were sleeping.
But senior army officials said it would be premature to comment as the in-house probe by the commander of the Rajouri-based 25 Division was not yet over.
The probe is also looking into a few other issues. Three of the soldiers had bullet injuries in the chest — a sign that they were either not wearing bulletproof vests or the protection offered by the jackets was ineffective.
The use of silencer-fitted weapons by the Pakistanis is also being considered.