Srinagar: Border Security Force (BSF) would have suffered more casualties in Wednesday's terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Udhampur district, had its newly-recruited trooper Rocky not stood like a rock between the BSF convoy and the Pakistani terrorists.
The 27-year-old constable of the forces' 65th Battalion kept engaged both the militants and did not allow them to lob grenades on the bus full of BSF personnel.
BSF trooper Rocky, who single handedly took on the two terrorists and kept engaged both for over 20 minutes, died of bullet injuries yesterday.
The young trooper, a resident of Haryana's Yamunanagar, kept his tactical firing on as the reinforcement reached the spot only after 20 minutes.
Rockey emptied his entire magazine containing about 40 bullets when the two heavily-armed militants attacked a BSF convoy and a dark-green bus which had about 30 force personnel travelling in it in Udhampur.
Heaping praise on Rockey, BSF Director General DK Pathak said, "He was known as the rock force of the unit. He proved that he lived the true meaning of his name like a hero."
The BSF on Thursday paid tributes to the martyred jawans, Subhendu Rai and Rocky, at their headquarters in Jammu.
Both the martyred constables were laid to rest this morning.
Meanwhile, a team of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is expected to reach Jammu today to interrogate the terrorist who has been identified as Mohammed Naved Yakub, son of Mohammed Yakub and resident of Ghulam Mustafabad area in Faislabad town of Pakistan.
The BSF troopers were killed when militants on Wednesday ambushed a BSF convoy on the Jammu-Srinagar highway in Udhampur -- in the first such attack on the heavily-guarded road in 15 long years.