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One Maha Vir Chakra, five Vir Chakras for ‘Galwan Gallants’ | India News


NEW DELHI: Maha Vir Chakra, the nation’s second highest wartime bravery medal, has been awarded posthumously to Colonel Bikumalla Santosh Babu, while four other soldiers who gave their lives fighting numerically superior Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley have received Vir Chakras.
On this year’s Republic Day list of 455 gallantry medals and other decorations, Naib Subedar Nuduram Soren (16 Bihar), Havaldar K Palani (81st Field Regiment), Naik Deepak Singh (Army Medical Corps) and Sepoy Gurtej Singh (3 Punjab) have been posthumously awarded Vir Chakras. Havaldar Tejinder Singh (3rd Medium Regiment), in turn, is the fifth medal winner for the Galwan clash under “Operation Snow Leopard” in June last year.
Kirti Chakra, the peacetime equivalent of the Maha Vir Chakra, has been posthumously awarded to Subedar Sanjiv Kumar (4 Para-Special Forces) for killing terrorists during a major infiltration campaign in the Keran sector along the Line. of Control in April of last year.
The other four Kirti Chakra winners are from the CRPF, and Inspector Pintu Kumar Singh, Police Chief Shyam Narain Singh Yadava and Police Officer Vinod Kumar obtained it posthumously. The fourth is Subcommander Rahul Mathur.
Colonel Babu, the commanding officer of 16 Bihar, and 19 other soldiers were killed during the violent skirmish with the People’s Liberation Army after the latter breached an agreement to dismantle an observation post on Indian territory near the ‘Y-crossing ‘(Y- Nala) from the Shyok and Galwan rivers in the Galwan Valley on June 15.
China has so far not disclosed the number of its casualties in the Galwan Valley skirmish, though it admitted that a battalion commanding officer was among the dead.
Recalling Col Babu’s bravery, the quote read: “While holding position, his column faced stiff resistance from the adversary who attacked with sharp, lethal weapons (spiked rods) along with heavy stones thrown from adjacent heights.”
“Undaunted by the violent and aggressive action of the overwhelming force of the enemy soldiers, Col Babu, in a true spirit of service before himself, continued to resist the enemy’s attempt to push back the Indian troops,” he said.
Despite being seriously wounded, Col Babu led from the front despite hostile conditions to deter “fierce enemy attack” on his position. “In the skirmish that broke out and the ensuing hand-to-hand combat with enemy soldiers, he bravely resisted the enemy attack until his last breath, inspiring and motivating his troops to stand firm,” he said.

Times of India