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.