Col Santosh Babu awarded Mahavir Chakra posthumously

Five other Galwan heroes receive Vir Chakra, 4 of them posthumously

Col Santosh Babu awarded Mahavir Chakra posthumously

Honoured: President Ram Nath Kovind presents Vir Chakra to Havildar Tejinder Singh at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 23

Colonel B Santosh Babu, the commanding officer of the 16 Bihar regiment who led his troops against a Chinese attack in Eastern Ladakh’s Galwan Valley in June last year, was on Tuesday posthumously awarded Mahavir Chakra by President Ram Nath Kovind for displaying exemplary courage during the hand-to-hand combat.

Honoured: President Ram Nath Kovind presents Vir Chakra to the parents of Sepoy Gurtej Singh at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI

Babu’s wife B Santoshi and mother Manjula received the award at a ceremony attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and the top military brass of the country.

Mahavir Chakra is the second highest wartime gallantry award after the Param Vir Chakra.

Four other soldiers, Naib Subedar Nuduram Soren, Havildar (Gunner) K Palani, Naik Deepak Singh and Sepoy Gurtej Singh, who also laid down their lives valiantly fighting the Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley clash on June 15 last year, have been honoured with the Vir Chakra award posthumously.

Honoured: President Ram Nath Kovind presents Vir Chakra to the wife of Havildar K Palani at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI

Havildar Tejinder Singh of the 3 Medium Regiment, who was part of the Indian Army team at Galwan Valley clash and survived the combat, has also been conferred with the Vir Chakra award.

Vir Chakra is the third highest wartime gallantry award.

The bravehearts

  • Naib Subedar N Soren
  • Havildar (Gunner) K Palani
  • Naik Deepak Singh
  • Sepoy Gurtej Singh
  • Havildar Tejinder Singh

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