2 ITBP men honoured with Kirti Chakra posthumously

Two Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) constables have been conferred with the Kirti Chakra posthumously for thwarting a suicide attack at the Indian Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2008, Home Ministry officials said.

Constable Ajay Singh Pathania, who hailed from Pathankot in Punjab, and Constable Roop Singh of Mandi in Himachal Pradesh laid down their lives while preventing an explosive-laden vehicle from entering the Indian Embassy in Kabul on July 7, 2008.

"Ajay Singh Pathania and Roop Singh displayed extreme courage and valour, dedication and devotion to duty, motivation and determination, averted a major disaster inside the Indian Embassy at Kabul and gave the supreme sacrifice protecting the honour and sovereignty of the nation for which they were honoured with Kirti Chakra posthumously," a Home Ministry official said.

On the fateful day, Roop Singh was manning the barrier of the embassy's main gate while Ajay Singh Pathania was on sentry duty.