It was because of BSF tropper Rocky that a major damage was averted after two militants from Pakistan attacked a security convoy in Jammu and Kashmir's Udhampur on Wednesday, officials said.
Rocky, 25, and constable Shubenbdu Rai, who was driving of the bus, were killed in the ambush on the convoy on Jammu-Srinagar national highway. While one of the attackers, Mohammed Naved Yakub, was captured alive -- in a first since the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, his accomplice was gunned down.
“Showing extreme courage, constable Rocky did not allow one of the militants who was carrying a grenade to enter the bus. The militant injured Rocky. He fired back and killed the terrorist. The grenade exploded outside the bus," Rakesh Sharma, BSF IG (Jammu frontier), told reporters on Thursday at the BSF headquarters in Jammu after the wreath-laying ceremony for the martyrs.
Rocky's father, Preetpal, said his son was with the family just two weeks back. "Little did I know that he will meet this fate."
He said: "My village and the entire country feels proud that he has laid down his life for the nation's sake".
Bilaspur DSP Subhash Chand, who was present at the house of the martyr at Ramgarh Majra , said: "Apart from his father Preetpal, Rockey is survived by brother Rohit, younger sister Neha and mother Angrozei Devi."
He said Rockey had joined the force nearly two-and-a-half years back.
Paying his tributes to the other martyr, IG Sharma said: “Constable Shubenbdu also tried to confront the terrorists...he could not survive the onslaught."
He added the BSF was not the target.“They (the militants) were looking for a target and the BSF (convoy) happened to cross during that point of time and they targeted the vehicle”.
He denied that the terrorists were part of the same group that had recently carried out an attack on a police station in Punajb's Gurdaspur.
When asked if the Wednesday's attack was the outcome of intelligence failure and that if the terrorists had entered from Kupwara and later launched the strike, he replied: “I really cannot say. It is a very hilly and a difficult terrain. Moreover, they appear like civilians."
(With agency inputs)