Ultimately their courage and presence of mind have been recognizedOn the morning of 7th July, 2008, these two Bravehearts were performing security duty just outside the Indian Embassy at Kabul. Suddenly, Constable Ajay Singh Pathania of ITBP noticed that a Land Rover was approaching the barrier. He knew the vehicle. It was carrying the Defence Attache' Brigadier RD Mehta and Counsellor V Venkateshwara Rao. But he also noticed that a Toyota Corolla was following the Embassy vehicle. He was very suspicious. He immediately alerted Constable Roop Singh about the vehicle.
Roop Singh immediately decided his course of action. Although the Embassy vehicle was waiting, he did not lift the anti-bomb hexa-barrier shut. The explosive-laden Toyota Corolla hit the Embassy Land Rover and there was a huge explosion. The Defence Attache' and the Counsellor died. So did these two Bravehearts. But they saved hundreds of life inside the Embassy building.
After long last, these two gallant ITBP personnel got their dues. Their bravery and presence of mind have been rewarded. They have been awarded Kirti Chakra, the second highest peacetime gallantry award, posthumously.
Let us pay our respect to these two brave ITBP personnel, who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the nation.