A Border Security Force (BSF) officer leading a patrol was killed in a burst of gunfire from across the international border with Pakistan near Jammu Tuesday afternoon, an official said.
BSF deputy inspector general (DIG) JS Oberoi told IANS that sub-inspector Ramchandra Singh Rana was leading a patrol near Gallar post on the international border with Pakistan, about 45 km south of Jammu, on Tuesday afternoon.
"Suddenly around 4pm, a burst shot from Pakistan side across the IB hit Rana. He got serious injuries and was declared dead on reaching Samba district hospital," the DIG said.
The BSF retaliated the fire which went on for over 15 minutes. According to the DIG, the killed sub-inspector of the BSF was from Dehradun.
The BSF has termed this as yet another violation of the ceasefire agreement with Pakistan since November 2003.
According to the defence ministry, there have been over 200 incidents of ceasefire violations since 2006, majority of which were cover fire to help infiltration of militants.