Colonel Santosh Babu, who was among the many 20 troopers that died within the line of obligation in brutal hand-to-hand fight with Chinese language troops in japanese Ladakh’s Galwan Valley on June 15 final yr, has been awarded with the second highest wartime gallantry honour, the Maha Vir Chakra, for exhibiting “conspicuous bravery in face of enemy, exemplary management and astute professionalism.”
“Colonel Bikumalla Santosh Babu, Commanding Officer of 16 Bihar deployed in Galwan Valley (Jap Ladakh) throughout Operation Snow Leopard, was tasked to determine an remark publish in face of the enemy. Organising and briefing his troops in regards to the state of affairs with a sound plan, he efficiently executed the duty. Whereas holding the place his column confronted stiff resistance from the adversary who attacked utilizing deadly and sharp weapons together with heavy stone pelting from adjoining heights,” his quotation for the award learn.
“Undaunted by the violent and aggressive motion by overwhelming energy of enemy troopers, the officer in true spirit of service earlier than self, continued to withstand the enemy’s try and pushback Indian troops. Regardless of being grievously injured, he led from the entrance with absolute command and management regardless of hostile situations to discourage the vicious enemy assault at his place,” it added.
The quotation notes that the officer resisted the enemy assault until his final breath, inspiring troops to carry floor.
Subedar Sanjiv Kumar has been posthumously awarded with the Kirti Chakra, the peacetime equal of the Maha Vir Chakra.
5 troopers have been awarded with Vir Chakra, the third highest wartime gallantry award.
Three troopers have additionally been awarded with Shaurya Chakra, the peacetime equal of Vir Chakra.
Indian and Chinese language troops have been engaged in a standoff in Ladakh since Might final yr. Presently some 50,000 Indian troops are deployed in a excessive state of fight readiness in mountainous areas in japanese Ladakh in sub-zero situations. China reportedly has deployed equal variety of troops.
India and China as we speak held the ninth spherical of talks. The military, in an announcement, mentioned the talks have been “optimistic, sensible and constructive”.