25 percent troop reduction in Kashmir: Pillai

January 14th, 2011 - 12:55 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 14 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir would see a 25 percent reduction in security forces and more bunkers would be lifted from Srinagar, Home Secretary G.K. Pillai Friday said.”There will be a 25 percent reduction of security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, especially from populated areas,” Pillai said at a symposium on the ‘Way forward in Kashmir’ organised by the Jamia Millia Islamia University here.

More bunkers will be lifted from Srinagar, he added.

The home secretary said the three interlocutors appointed by the central government have been asked to give their final set of proposals for a political solution by April.

The central government had appointed the interlocutors - journalist Dileep Padgaonkar, academician Radha Kumar and economist M.M. Ansari - in the wake of street protests in Kashmir and police action in which over 100 protesters were killed in the summer of 2010. The interlocutors were tasked with suggesting ways of bringing about sustained peace in the state.

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