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‘Gallants of Galwan’ to be posthumously honoured on R-Day | India News

NEW DELHI: Colonel B Santosh Babu and at least four other soldiers who died while bravely fighting the numerically superior Chinese troops in the violent skirmish at Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on June 15 are set to be posthumously honoured with gallantry medals on Republic Day.
Defence sources on Monday said the “citations” for the medals to the “gallants of Galwan”, who inflicted “heavy casualties” on the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) during “Operation Snow Leopard”, have been sent to the President but cannot be officially announced before the final approval.
The Army has already built a memorial in eastern Ladakh for Colonel Babu, the commanding officer of 16 Bihar, and the 19 other soldiers who laid down their lives during the skirmish on June 15. The PLA has so far refused to disclose the number of its casualties, but has admitted that a battalion commanding officer was among the dead.
The skirmish, which continued through the night, had begun after the PLA 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. Col Babu and his team were attacked by Chinese troops armed with nail-studded rods and stones in a premeditated manner when they moved further to patrolling point 14.
“Col Babu led from the front and his troops fought gallantly in hand-to-hand combat, causing heavy casualties to the PLA. In the ensuing fight, the 20 Gallants of Galwan achieved martyrdom,” says the memorial.

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