The BSF constable was deployed with the border-guarding force's 73rd battalion and had come home in Bandipora district on a vacation a few days earlier. Md Ramzan had joined the force, which is primarily deployed along India's border with Pakistan and Bangladesh, six years ago.
Jammu and Kashmir police chief SP Vaid called the killing "barbaric and inhuman" and vowed to punish the guilty.
The killing comes just a few days after India had cited the cold-blooded murder of an army officer from Kashmir, Lt Ummer Fayaz, at the United Nations General Assembly as an example of the kind of terrorism emanating from Pakistan. "This is a true picture. It portrays a harsh and tragic reality," an Indian diplomat had told the UN body, holding the 22-year-old officer's photograph.
Prahari Pariwar stands by the family of one of our member Constable Md Ramzan who was cowardly killed by terrorists today.He was on leave pic.twitter.com/Rfu2pObQX7BSF (@BSF_India) September 27, 2017
Like Constable Ramzan, Lt Fayaz too was off-duty and unarmed when he was kidnapped from a family wedding in south Kashmir's Shopian district in May this year.
Nitish Kumar, who heads the police in north Kashmir, tweeted that four of Md Ramzan's family members were also "critically injured".