Mahavir Chakra to Galwan Valley hero Santosh Babu
On June 15 last year, Colonel B Santosh Babu and 19 other soldiers of 16 Bihar Regiment were martyred in clashes with Chinese troops in Galwan Valley of Ladakh. For his supreme sacrifice, Colonel B. Santosh Babu has been awarded Mahavir Chakra posthumously by the government.
Hailing from Suryapet district of Telangana, Colonel Babu is survived by his wife Santoshi, nine-year-old daughter Abhigna and four-year-old son Anirudh. An alumni of Sainik School Korukonda and National Defence Academy, he got commissioned into the Bihar Regiment from Indian Military Academy, Dehradun and went on to complete the prestigious Defence Service Staff Course from Wellington before taking over the command of his Battalion. Col Babu, Commanding Officer of 16 Bihar Regiment, had been serving on Indo-China border for last one-and-half year and his family was looking forward to his transfer to Hyderabad.