The Indian Army on Tuesday confirmed that one of its officers was killed after a soldier shot him “after an altercation” in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri sector along the Line of Control. Major Shikhar Thapa of the 8 Rashtriya Rifles was shot dead by Naik Kathiresan of 19 Madras Regiment, the Hindustan Times reported.

“The officer succumbed to his injuries on the spot,” the Army said. “Further investigations by the Army and the police are under way.”

Major Thapa is survived by his wife and a three-year-old son.

The incident is believed to have taken place on Monday when Thapa was on a routine check at a forward post. An altercation ensued after he warned Kathiresan of punishment after finding him using his cellphone on duty. Kathiresan then fired at least five bullets at Major Thapa, The Indian Express reported.

Soldiers are not allowed to use mobile phones at forward posts as reflections on the screens can give away their position, an unidentified Army official told the Hindustan Times.

Civilian killed in alleged Army firing in Bijbehara

Meanwhile, a civilian who was injured on Monday in firing allegedly by the Army in Anantnag district’s Bijbehara town succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday, The Indian Express reported. Mohammad Abdullah Ganaie, 60, was being treated at a hospital in Srinagar.

According to the Jammu and Kashmir Police, a scuffle broke out between soldiers and civilians after a motorist refused to stop to allow an Amarnath Yatra convoy to pass through an area in Bijbehara.

“The Army fired shots in the air,” Inspector General of Police Munir Khan said. “There was one misfire that hit the civilian.”