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Statue of Galwan martyr Col Santosh Babu unveiled in hometown Suryapet

The 37-year-old Army officer died in the Chinese army attack at Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh in June last year.

Statue of Galwan martyr Col Santosh Babu unveiled in hometown Suryapet-dnm
Hyderabad, First Published Jun 15, 2021, 5:13 PM IST
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Hyderabad: A year after Colonel Santosh Babu died during the India-China face-off at Galwan Valley in Ladakh on June 15, 2020, IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao on Tuesday unveiled the statue of Colonel B Santosh Babu in Suryapet town.

Colonel Babu was native of Suryapet, about 140 km from the state capital Hyderabad. As assured by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao last year, the government installed the late Colonel's statue in his hometown. Santosh Babu's wife Santoshi too was present. Energy Minister G Jagadish Reddy and other leaders attended the programme.

Colonel 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, an incident that marked one of the most serious military conflicts between the two sides in decades.

Santosh Babu's wife Santoshi was appointed as a Deputy Collector in Telangana.

The state government last year provided financial assistance of Rs 4 crore to Santosh Babu's wife and Rs 1 crore to the parents of Santosh Babu.

Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao had then personally visited the residence of Col Babu and offered condolences.

Colonel Babu was awarded the Mahavir Chakra posthumously.

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