Besides colonel Santosh Babu, other martyrs of the Galwan Valley clash were also honoured by President Ram Nath Kovind.
New Delhi: Colonel Santosh Babu, who laid down his life while resisting a vicious attack on his observation post by Chinese Army soldiers in the Galwan valley of Ladakh, was awarded Maha Vir Chakra (posthumously) by President Ram Nath Kovind at a defence investiture ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Tuesday. His mother and wife received the award from President.
Besides Colonel Babu, Naib Subedar Nuduram Soren, Havildar K Palani, Naik Deepak Singh, Sepoy Gurtej Singh also received their Vir Chakras posthumously for their gallant actions against the vicious attack by the Chinese Army in the Galwan valley in June last year as part of the Operation Snow Leopard. The awards for these gallant soldiers were received by their wives.
Havildar Tejinder Singh was awarded Vir Chakra for thwarting Chinese soldiers during the Galwan valley clashes in Eastern Ladakh. “He fought fearlessly till he was grievously injured,” his citation read.