My son should have honoured with Param Vir Chakra, says late Colonel Santhosh’s father
Late Colonel Santosh Babu’s father said on Monday,” It is not that I am unhappy. But I am not 100 percent satisfied with the award of Mahavir chakra. His son’s name should have been on the list of Param Vir Chakra.” Mahavir Chakra is the second-highest military award.
Santhosh Babu, the commanding officer of the 16 Bihar regiment, was among 20 Indian soldiers who laid down their lives in the fierce hand to hand combat on June 15 last year in the Galwan Valley. It was one of the most serious conflicts between the two sides in decades.
All the 20 soldiers who had died fighting the Chinese troops in hand to hand combat at Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on June 15, in which Chinese had used rods, batons wrapped with barbed wire and other objects, have been awarded gallantry awards posthumously. The awards to these soldiers comprise one Maha Vir Chakra, 4 Vir chakras, and 15 Sena Medals. One soldier who survived the clash has been awarded a Vir Chakra.
His father said,” My son and his men fought barehanded. He proved that India is superior and stronger than China by killing more enemy soldiers.” He also said his family didn’t get anything other than departmental benefits. Telangana government gave Rs 5 crore ex-gratia to Babu’s family, a residential plot, and a group-1 post to his wife.