Border Security Force trooper Rocky, 23, who laid down his life fighting militants in the Udhampur terror attack, was cremated at his native Ramgarh Majra village in Yamunanagar with full state honours on Friday.
The pyre was lit by Rocky’s elder brother Rohit Kumar.
Kumar had emptied his entire magazine containing 40 bullets when two heavily-armed militants attacked the BSF convoy in Udhampur on August 5, saving the day for the force and safeguarding the lives of 44 unarmed personnel.
BSF deputy inspector general (DIG) AK Gulia, officials of the district administration and police, and other soldiers were present at the funeral. The body was brought to Yamunanagar on Thursday night and kept at the civil hospital.
IG BSF Rakesh kumar paying tribute to martyred jawans, Subhendu Rai and Rocky, at their headquarters in Jammu on Thursday. (Nitin Kanotra/HT Photo)
Haryana Speaker Kanwarpal presented homage to the martyr and minister Karan Dev Kamboj joined the funeral on behalf of the Haryana Government.
How he saved lives
BSF officials said the 23-year-old trooper kept the militants engaged and did not allow them to lob grenades on the bus full of BSF personnel as reinforcements reached the spot only after 20 minutes.
BSF trooper Rocky fought hard, saved many
Rocky’s colleague and driver of the bus, Shubhendu Roy, was also killed in the attack when militants punctured the tyres of the bus to immobilise it and then took aim to shoot the BSF men inside.
As top BSF officials praised the courage of the trooper, a pall of gloom had descended on this nondescript village in Haryana.
Father’s moving tribute
The braveheart’s father, Preetpal, had said his son was with the family just two weeks back. “Little did I know that he would meet this fate,” Preetpal said.
He, however, added, “My village and the entire country feels proud that he has laid down his life for the nation’s sake.”
Rocky is survived by father Preetpal, mother Angrozei Devi, brother Rohit and younger sister Neha.
Rocky had joined the BSF only two-and-a-half years ago.