On August 5, when a man holding a Kalashnikov stopped a BSF bus near Udhampur, it was constable Rocky who stood like a rock between lethal bullets and assured death for all the 44 jawans in the vehicle.
He was the only gunman in the vehicle and was sitting by the side of the driver and the rest were unarmed. The LeT terrorist, who has been identified as Noman alias Nomi, sprayed the bus with bullets and flattened the tires. Rocky was one of the first t receive bullet injuries along with the driver and as per reports, he was hit in the chest. But Rocky kept firing back despite severe injuries. A BSF officer told that the 23 year old jawan was less than three years old in the force and fought like a warrior even after being injured.
BSF director general D K Pathak said that had he not eliminated the terrorist, the lives of his 44 colleagues would have been gravely risked as the Lashkar militants were equipped with grenades and assault rifles. Noman tried to immobilize the bus and tried to open the doors and lob a grenade inside. Another brave soldier, Subhendu Rai, held onto the door keeping Noman from entering. Rocky emptied his gun’s magazine on Noman but in a very minute time, Noman’s associate Naved fired a bullet which pierced through his head. Pathak said that he fought till the last bullet.
Had it not been his courage, the team would have suffered more casualties. Constable Subhendu Rai also fought courageously and despite having injuries the 38 year old held on to the door preventing a rather massive tragedy. As Rocky simultaneously shot at Noman, he fell down and a primed grenade in his hands exploded, which left 15 other BSF jawans injured.