‘Galwan heroes’ likely to be honored posthumously on Republic Day | Soldiers martyred in clash with China may receive gallantry awards in Republic Day parade

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Last year, on the night of 15-16 June, there was a violent clash in the Galvan Valley between the soldiers of China and India. (File photo)

Some soldiers, including Colonel Santosh Babu, who was killed in a violent clash in the Galvan Valley, may be awarded the Gallantry Award on Republic Day Parade. On 15–16 June last year, there were clashes with Chinese troops on the Line of Actual Control (LAC). In this, 20 soldiers were killed, including Colonel Santosh Babu, the commanding officer of 16 Bihar Regiment of the Indian Army.

According to the American Intelligence report, 35 Chinese soldiers were also killed in the clash. Since then, tensions between the two countries on the border had increased significantly. Both the countries had deployed 50,000 personnel on LAC in Eastern Ladakh. Later the number of soldiers was reduced after several rounds of negotiations.

How many soldiers were martyred from which regiment?

RegimentNumber of martyrs
16 Bihar Regiment12 martyrs
3 Punjab Regiment3 martyrs
3rd Medium Regiment2 martyrs
12 Bihar Regiment1 martyr
81 Mount Brigade Signal Company1 martyr
81 Field Regiment1 martyr

Post made in memory of martyrs
The Indian Army has made a post in the name of the martyrs in Galvan. Apart from this, the Defense Ministry has decided to record the names of all the martyrs in the National War Memorial.

The bravery of the soldiers caused great harm to China
The news agency quoted sources as saying that during the night of June 15-16, Chinese soldiers armed with iron rods attacked Indian soldiers. Violent clashes broke out between soldiers of both armies near Petrol Point-14. At the time of this incident, about 800 soldiers had gathered from China. Whereas, Indian soldiers were few in number.

Chinese soldiers were attacking with stones, sticks and iron rods in the dark of night. Indian soldiers also gave a befitting reply to the attack led by Colonel Santosh Babu. This caused a panic among the Chinese soldiers and in the darkness of night many of his soldiers fell from the ridge into the Galvan River. Although China had maintained silence over the killing of its soldiers, the US Intelligence Report had reported more than 35 casualties.

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