Two women head constables of the BSF on guard duty at the Dera Baba Nanak town border post in Gurdaspur district shot dead an alleged Pakistani intruder on Sunday afternoon.
Reena, hailing from Moga, and Aarti from Tanda Urmur, both in Punjab, had joined the force about three years ago, Gurdaspur BSF DIG P S Bains said. They were on duty at the observation post when they spotted suspicious movement around 1.25 pm, he said.
“After running towards the direction where the movement had occurred, Reena and Aarti spotted the intruder. After taking cover behind trees, they asked him to halt and surrender. When he did not stop, both opened fire. Even after being hit by four bullets, the intruder tried to run but succumbed to his injuries in the nearby wheat field,” Bains said.
The alleged intruder, who was about 30 years old, had no weapon or contraband on him, Bains said, adding that the intruder was likely to be a “courier” who had crossed over to the Indian side to “mix” with his Indian accomplices.
“The loose outfit and his age point towards him being a courier, as had been the case in some previous incidents,” he said.
The BSF has been deploying women personnel at the border since 2009 but this is the first time that they have shot an intruder. In a related incident, the BSF shot dead another alleged Pakistani intruder at the border outpost in Chhanna on Saturday.