A Deputy Inspector General of the Border Security Force and two of his personal security officers died in a blast on Monday morning in Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba district, about 35 km southeast of Jammu city.
Tanwar is the second DIG-rank officer of the BSF to be killed during the two decades of insurgency in the state.
In 1999, militants entered the BSF residential complex at Mader Bandipore in Baramulla district, about 60 km north of capital Srinagar and killed five persons. One of the victims was a DIG, S.K. Chakravarty.
BSF sources said on condition of anonymity that Tanwar, who had been transferred to the region about two weeks ago, went to the Ballad outpost, about 2 km inside the Indian territory in the Ramgarh sector on Monday morning, as the post was shelled from across the border on Sunday night.
His vehicle travelled a few metres ahead of the outpost and was blown off.
State police chief Kuldeep Khooda reached the spot later in the day to review the situation.
A senior BSF official, who did not wish to be identified, said thermal images showed 12 infiltrators moving in a group of four each on Sunday night. When the sentries challenged them, they opened fire and the exchange of fire continued for about two hours.
The official said the infiltrators probably laid the indigenous explosive device before retreating.
Since the terrain in front of the Ballad outpost is difficult, fences have not been erected to defend a 1-km-long stretch along a ditch. But the area is part of the major routes infiltrators use to reach the Valley after crossing the International Border.