BSF troopers from nearby mounds engaged this fire effectively.During this exchange of fire, one burst from counterpart side, hit a loophole of the mound from where Constable Devender Kumar was engaging the threat.
The firing from across the border comes barely four days ahead of the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the state, and also ended months of lull in the border skirmishes along the IB, which saw heavy Pakistani firing and shelling earlier this year.
He was immediately evacuated and provided medical facilities but could not be saved. After getting injured in the violation, Singh was admitted to Military Hospital.
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He said that the terrorists had sneaked in using a tunnel.
Five infiltrators sneaked into Hiranagar sector probably through a tunnel on Sunday night and efforts are on to detect and neutralise them, Sharma said.
However, a search operation is underway.
The deceased include 17 security personnel. The crossfire incidents along the IB over the past three months have reduced considerably after the intense border confrontations in January and February, which led to many casualties.
Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta, JK Director General of Police S P Vaid and other senior officers also on Tuesday laid wreath at the coffin of the trooper whose body was later sent to his home town in Uttar Pradesh for last rites.