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2 ITBP men honoured with Kirti Chakra posthumously

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Two (ITBP) constables have been conferred with the Kirti Chakra posthumously for thwarting a suicide attack at the in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2008, officials said.

Pathania, who hailed from Pathankot in Punjab, and of Mandi in laid down their lives while preventing an explosive-laden vehicle from entering the in on July 7, 2008.

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

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

The said a vehicle carrying the defence attache Brigadier R D Mehta and V Venkatashwara Rao approached the gate around 8:30 am.

Pathania spotted a white car just behind the Having served in for some time and being fully aware of modus operandi of suicidal attacks, both the constables foresaw the possibility that the vehicle could be laden with explosives and carrying a suicide bomber, the said.

Pathania became suspicious of the tailing car and shouted at Singh not to lift the anti-bomb hexa-barrier.

Singh reacted with alacrity and did not lift the barrier. The rammed into the resulting in a huge explosion, causing the death of the defence attache and the

Both Pathania and Singh prevented the trailing vehicle from entering the embassy compound, thereby negating the damage intentioned and thwarting, the designs of the militants besides saving lives of the other embassy staff, another official said.

The Kirti Chakra is the country's military award for valour, courage action and self-sacrifice. It is second in order of precedence of peacetime gallantry awards after the Ashoka Chakra.

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 13:46 IST