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Galwan valley clash hero Col Santosh Babu to posthumously receive Mahavir Chakra today | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Galwan valley clash hero Colonel Santosh Babu might be awarded the second-highest wartime gallantry medal – the Mahavir Chakra (posthumously) by President Ram Nath Kovind in an investiture ceremony on Tuesday.
Santosh Babu might be awarded the gallantry medal for resisting the Chinese Army assault whereas establishing an statement submit within the face of the enemy within the Galwan valley within the Ladakh sector throughout the ongoing Operation Snow Leopard.
“Col Bikumalla Santosh Babu, Commanding officer 16 BIHAR deployed in Galwan Valley (Eastern Ladakh) during Operation Snow Leopard was tasked to establish an observation post in face of the enemy. Organising and briefing his troops about the situation with a sound plan, he successfully executed the task. 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 overwhelming strength of enemy soldiers, the officer in true spirit of service before self, continued to resist the enemy’s attempt to pushback Indian troops,” the quotation stated.
“Despite being grievously injured, Colonel Bikumalla Santosh Babu led from the front with absolute command and control despite hostile conditions to deter the vicious enemy attack at his position. In the skirmish that broke out and 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 stated.
“Colonel Bikumalla Santosh Babu displayed exemplary leadership and astute professionalism. He showed conspicuous bravery in the face of enemy and made supreme sacrifice for the nation,” the quotation added.
Meanwhile, different Army personnel together with Naib Subedar Nuduram Soren, Havildar Okay Palani, Naik Deepak Singh and Sepoy Gurtej Singh will receive their Vir Chakras (posthumously) for his or her gallant actions in opposition to the vicious assault by the Chinese Army within the Galwan valley in June final 12 months as half of the Operation Snow Leopard.
India misplaced 20 troops within the fiercest clash between the 2 sides in a very long time. The Chinese additionally suffered vital casualties. The clash led to the hardening of India’s stand, which has now allowed troops to use weapons throughout patrolling after the use of unorthodox weapons by Chinese troops.




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