Colonel P Santosh Babu, 37, was presented with the Mahavir Chakra Award on Tuesday at the Rashtrapati Bhavan after the death of President Ramnath Govind. Babu’s widow P. Santoshi and mother P. Manjula received the award
On Tuesday, Colonel P Santosh Babu, 37, who was killed during a clash with Chinese soldiers in the Kalwan Valley in Ladakh in 2020, was posthumously awarded the Maha Veer Chakra (MVC) by President Ramnath Govind on Tuesday for extraordinary courage and leadership. Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. Babu’s widow P. Santoshi and mother P. Manjula received the award.
On June 15, 2020, President Veer Chakra (VrC) presented the award to the other five calves who had fought against the highest number of Chinese troops. Four of them were given VrC posthumously. MVC is VrC following India’s second highest wartime bravery award.
Naip Subedar Nuthuram Soren (16 Bihar), Havildar K Palani (81 field) Naik Deepak Singh (16 Bihar) and Sibai Kurtej Singh (3 Punjab) were posthumously awarded the VrC. Havildar Tejinder Singh (3 medium) is the only wartime honoree. This terrible conflict has pushed India-China bilateral relations to the brink of collapse.
The wartime honors bestowed on Tuesday were announced by the government on Republic Day 2021.
Babu was quoted as saying: “Without fear of violence and aggression by the extreme strength of the enemy soldiers, his pioneer officer, with a genuine sense of service, continued to oppose the enemy’s attempt to push back the Indian troops. Despite being wounded, Colonel Babu led from the front with complete command and control despite hostile circumstances to prevent enemy attacks on his position.
Twenty Indian soldiers were killed in a seven-hour deadly clash near Patrol Point (PP) 14 in Kalwan Valley, where a large number of Indian troops inflicted heavy casualties on the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
16 except Bihar; Soldiers from 3 Punjab, 3 Medium Regiment and 81 Field Regiment have been involved in the first deadly clash between Indian and Chinese troops across the Line of Control (LAC) for more than five decades.
Although an understanding was reached on June 6, the first wave of fighting erupted in Calvan Valley at 6 pm on June 15, after Colonel Babu led a team of 30 soldiers to a location near PP-14 to check that the PLA had removed some structures set up in the area. Top commanders of the Indian and Chinese armies are engaged in a plan to defuse tensions on the border.
However, the team found that a few tents and a watchtower were still intact and that Chinese soldiers had not retreated from PP-14. The Indian soldiers confronted the Chinese troops, who removed their installations and refused to evacuate the area, which provoked a violent confrontation with more than 600 rivals at its peak.
The lack of confidence created by the Calvan conflict has proven to be very difficult to change. India and China have been locked in a confrontation in the Ladakh sector for more than 18 months and are currently negotiating the withdrawal of troops and weapons from friction points on the disputed border.
India has stationed 50,000 to 60,000 troops and advanced weapons at the Ladakh Theater to counter any Chinese military aggression and any mishap by neighboring countries that provoked the border conflict in early May 2020.
The PLA did not agree with the recommendations made by the Indian Army during the 13th round of talks on October 10. The Indian Army said it had provided constructive advice to resolve pending issues related to the LAC. Perspective proposals. In an unusually aggressive statement, China accused India of making unreasonable and unrealistic demands.
Experts say there is no chance of progress in military talks, and only high-level intervention can show a way to resolve the 18-month border crisis. Army chief General Manoj Mukund Narawane said on October 9 that there was no end to the conflict by saying that if there was a PLA in the Ladakh theater, the Indian Army should also stay.