New Delhi, Apr 8 (PTI) Former BSF director general (DG) E N Rammohan today passed away here.

He was 77.

Family sources said Rammohan breathed his last early morning today in the AIIMS.

He was admitted there about ten days back after he met with an accident at his home and suffered a fracture in his ribs. Rammohan was also suffering from prostrate cancer.

The cremation would take place today at the Lodhi road crematorium here, they said.

BSF chief K K Sharma said the former chief’s death was a big loss for the country’s largest border guarding force.

“He was a fine person, a thorough professional, man of integrity and known for his jawan-centric leadership. He used to lead from the front and he will always be remembered for his leadership style,” Sharma told PTI.

The 1965-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre headed the Border Security Force between December, 1997-November, 2000.

Rammohan, who sported a handlebar mustache, was regularly seen on television news channels discussing internal security issues.

The Union Home Ministry had appointed him as the head of the fact-finding probe panel which went into the lapses that took place during the deadly Naxal ambush in Chhattisgarh in 2010 that killed 76 security men.

The officer, apart from serving in the Assam Police, had stints in various central armed police forces like the CRPF, the NSG and the ITBP.

The about 2.5-lakh personnel strong BSF is tasked with guarding the country’s two major frontiers with Pakistan and Bangladesh apart from rendering a variety of duties in the internal security domain, including anti-Naxal operations.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.