'Galwan ke Balwan': Names of Galwan soldiers engraved on the National War Memorial in New Delhi

According to a recent report, Names of soldiers who lost their lives in the Galwan valley clash on June 15 last year have been recently engraved on the National War Memorial in New Delhi.

By Harkirpal Singh, Updated : Jan 31, 2021 11:13 IST
'Galwan ke Balwan': Names of Galwan soldiers engraved on the National War Memorial in New Delhi
National War Memorial

It was recently reported that the names of 20 soldiers who lost their lives on June 15 in Galwan valley will be engraved on National War Memorial in New Delhi. Soldiers belonged to the 16th Bihar Regiment, under the command of Colonel Santosh Babu, they clashed with the PLA in Galwan Valley, while thwarting the occupation attempt by PLA, 20 soldiers were killed in the line of duty.

According to defense sources, a clash took place when soldiers of the 16th Bihar Regiment were patrolling a disputed area along LAC where Colonel Santosh Babu had destroyed a Chinese tent two days earlier. While soldiers carry firearms, due to decades of tradition designed to reduce the possibility of an escalation, agreements disallowed usage of firearms, but the PLA was reported to possess iron rods, clubs, and batons wrapped in barbed wire and clubs embedded with nails.

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Hand-to-hand combat broke out, and the Indian soldiers called for reinforcements from a post about 2 miles (3.2 km) away. Eventually, up to 600 men were engaged in combat using stones, batons, iron rods, and other makeshift weapons. The fighting, which took place in near-total darkness, lasted for up to six hours.

The Defence Ministry of India said in its 2020 year-end review that China used "unorthodox weapons".The fighting resulted in the deaths of 20 Indian soldiers of the 16th Bihar Regiment including its commanding officer, Colonel Santosh Babu. According to US Intelligence & Indian Army Sources, around 35 soldiers from the Chinese Side were also killed in action.

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On Republic Day 2021, Col. B Santosh Babu was posthumously awarded the wartime medal 'Maha Vir Chakra' for his bravery in Galwan. Even after 7 months from the clash, and after several bilateral talks between CCP and the Indian Govt. officials, the situation at the Indo-China border doesn't seem to cool down. Recently, another clash reportedly took place in Naku La, Sikkim, injuring 4 Indian soldiers.  

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