Two women constables of the Border Security Force on Sunday shot dead a suspected Pakistani intruder on the Indo-Pak border in the Gurudaspur sector of Punjab.
The incident — the first involving women constables inducted into the BSF in 2009 — took place around 1.30pm near an observation post under the Dhera Baba Nanak outpost.
The BSF had initially deployed women constables on frisking duties and subsequently started deploying them at observation posts during the day.
The BSF said a phone with a SIM card of a Pakistani mobile operator was recovered from the unidentified intruder.
The BSF has killed about 10 intruders — most of them Pakistani nationals — on the western border this year and seized over 127 kg of heroin, a trend that reflects intelligence reports of a sudden spurt in narcotics smuggling.