New Delhi, Jan 19 (Agencies): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah voiced hope that efforts to revoke the operation of Disturbed Areas Act (DAA) from some urban areas in the state will gain momentum, besides a reduction in the presence of security forces in the near future.

Omar said that late last year he had set up two groups consisting of Army Corps Commanders of Srinagar and Nagrota, Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police and Home Secretary to examine areas where the Disturbed Areas Act, which gives special powers to the armed forces, was not needed.

"Unfortunately at that time both the Corps Commanders and the Northern Army commander were due to be shifted. Now the new incumbents are in place. These groups will meet and finalise recommendations in a time-bound manner. I am hoping that I will have some concrete recommendations to move forward on the Disturbed Areas Act," he said.

Omar also said all efforts were being made to bring down the footprints of security forces and to increase the role of Jammu and Kashmir Police.

On the possibility of reopening of the 2000 Pathribal incident, where three persons were killed by Army personnel who claimed that they were militants, the Chief Minister said, "The investigation was concluded. The CBI findings are there. Action has to be taken on the basis of those findings. I don't think there is any demand to reopen the case."

Omar said he had been assured by both Army chief General VK Singh and the new Northern army commander Lt General KT Patnaik that the issue would be dealt with in a transparent manner and anybody found guilty would be punished.