BSF bravehearts’ last stand saved lives

BSF bravehearts’ last stand saved lives

NEW DELHI: At 7.30am on August 5, when a man holding a Kalashnikov stopped a BSF bus near Udhampur, constable Rocky stood like a rock between lethal bullets and certain death for all the 44 jawans in the vehicle.

Sitting by the side of the driver, he was the only gunman in the vehicle. The rest were unarmed. As the LeT terrorist, now identified as Noman alias Nomi, sprayed the bus with bullets, fl attening its tyres, Rocky was one of the fi rst to receive bullet injuries along with the driver. BSF sources say he was hit in the chest.

“But Rocky had young blood flowing in his veins,” a BSF officer said. Less than three years old in the force, the 25-year-old jawan fi red back despite his injuries.

After immobilizing the bus, Noman tried to open its doors to lob a grenade inside. As another brave BSF soldier, Subhendu Rai, held onto the door preventing Noman from entering, Rocky emptied his gun’s magazine on Noman. Milliseconds later, a bullet, fi red by Noman’s associate Mohammed Naved, now under arrest, pierced Rocky’s skull and exited through his neck.

“He fought to the last bullet,” BSF DG DK Pathak said. “Had it not been the raw and daring courage of Rocky, we would have suffered more casualties. He sustained initial bullet injuries but kept on fi ring till he succumbed.”

Constable Subhendu Rai’s courage amid a hail of bullets fi red by Naved from a hillock was no less, say BSF sources. Despite having received bullet injuries the 38-year-old held on to the door preventing a greater tragedy. As Rocky simultaneously shot at Noman, who was trying to force entry into the bus, the terrorist fell down and a primed grenade in his hands exploded. The bullets and the grenade left 15 other BSF jawans injured, even as Rocky and Rai died.

According to BSF, the bus was ambushed at Narsu Nala, Samroli, about 14 kms ahead of Udhampur on Jammu-Srinagar NH-1A while convoy was on way to Srinagar.

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