A large number of troops of the Indian Army deployed on counter-insurgency duty in Jammu and Kashmir would either go to "barracks or borders" in the next few months.
"This is part of the thinning of troops in the counter-insurgency duty," according to a very senior officer, who is having a complete idea of developments underway on this front.
Jammu and Kashmir Government has identified areas in the Kashmir Valley and Jammu region wherefrom these troops would be pulled out. Winter is relatively peace-time in the state, and there are 700 active militants, which can be neutralized by the state police and troops, that would continue to perform, the counter-insurgency duty.
"This barracks or border plan would soon come into effect," the official said., who cannot be identified as per the rules of reporting. He, however, did not indicate any firm date of the start of the thinning of troops.
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram had stated last Thursday that a large chunk of forces would move out of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Jammu and Kashmir government has provided inputs as to wherefrom the troops reduction could take place, without threatening the overall counter-insurgency grid.
There are about 1.80 lakh troops deployed for counter-insurgency operations, and other 200,000 are on the border duty, including LoC, 646- KM Line of Actual Control, 76- Km Actual Ground position level at Siachen glacier, the highest battle field in the world, as also along the 198-km international border.
Troops would move to the borders, to further strengthen the security grid, in view of the reports that more than 400 Pashtun militants have lined up along 744-km long Line of Control (LoC).
An army officer confirmed to Hindustan Times about the presence of Pashtun militants along the LoC. " This is all a part of the infiltration plan from across the LoC," he said, on condition of anonymity.
However, a recent revelation by the Indian Army chief Deepak Kapur indicated that there were 2,000 or more militants lined up along the LoC.
Earlier, more than 15,000 troops were taken out from twin border districts of Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region, and three battalions of CRPF were withdrawn last month and more are being shifted out.