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Nation honours the ‘Gallants of Galwan’

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Nation honours the ‘Gallants of Galwan’
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Nation honours the ‘Gallants of Galwan’
Nation honours the ‘Gallants of Galwan’

NEW DELHI: The nation on Tuesday remembered the “Gallants of Galwan” who heroically fought the numerically superior Chinese troops, armed with nail-studded rods and other sharp weapons, at Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on June 15 last year.
Colonel Bikumalla Santosh Babu, the then commanding officer of 16 Bihar, was posthumously conferred with the nation’s second-highest wartime gallantry medal Maha Vir Chakra by President Ram Nath Kovind at an investiture ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhavan. Col Babu’s wife and mother received the medal.
Naib Subedar Nuduram Soren (16 Bihar), Havildar K Palani (81 Field Regiment), Naik Deepak Singh (Army Medical Corps) and Sepoy Gurtej Singh (3 Punjab), in turn, were posthumously awarded Vir Chakras.
Havildar Tejinder Singh (3 Medium Regiment) was the fifth and only living recipient of Vir Chakra under “Operation Snow Leopard” for the Galwan clash, which was the first time India and China witnessed casualties in a border clash in 45 years.
While 20 Indian soldiers laid down their lives, China till now has not disclosed the actual number of its casualties, though it did later admit to losing a battalion commanding officer and four others. The clash had erupted after the People’s Liberation Army reneged on the agreement to dismantle an observation post on Indian territory near the ‘Y-junction’ (Y-Nala) of the Shyok and Galwan rivers in the Galwan Valley on June 15.
Recalling Col Babu’s bravery, the citation said, “While holding the position, his column faced stiff resistance from the adversary who attacked using lethal and sharp weapons along with heavy stone pelting from adjoining heights.” “Undaunted by the violent and aggressive action by an overwhelming strength of enemy soldiers, the officer in true spirit of service before self, continued to resist the enemy’s attempt to push back Indian troops,” it said.
Col Babu, despite being grievously injured, led from the front to deter the “vicious enemy attack” at his position. “In the skirmish that broke out and the ensuing hand-to-hand combat with enemy soldiers, he valiantly resisted the enemy attack till his last breath, inspiring and motivating his troops to hold ground,” it said.

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