New Delhi: The names of 20 army personnel will be inscribed on the National War Memorial who were killed in the Galwan valley clash with China in Ladakh on July 15, an Army official said on Thursday.
The officials said that the process of engraving the names on the war memorial will take a few months.
Colonel Santosh Babu, the commanding officer of 16 Bihar regiments, was among the 20 soldiers killed during the clash with the Chinese troops.
Other than 16 soldiers from Bihar, there were three soldiers from Punjab, 81 Field regiments and 3 Medium Regiments were involved in the conflict between the Indian and Chinese troops.
The conflict between the Chinese and Indian army troops which happened for several hours was one of the deadliest tussles with China in the last five decades.
The Chinese army used iron rods, stones, nail-studded sticks to attack the Indian soldiers. The Indian soldiers protested against the construction of Chinese surveillance post around the patrolling point 14 in Galwan valley which lead to brutal attacks on the Indian soldiers.
The Government of China has not yet disclosed the number of fatalities of the troop which suffered during the clash. The report of American intelligence says that China lost its 35 soldiers in the conflict.
After the incident of brutal attacks faced by the Indian soldiers, Defense minister Rajnath Singh personally conveyed his compliments to the army troop of Bihar regiments who fought fearlessly till their last breath.
The Defense Minister said that the soldiers who were killed in Galwan valley clash not only showed extraordinary courage in safeguarding the border and also protected the pride of 130 crore Indians.
Also, five soldiers were also awarded ‘Commendation Cards’ by Army Chief General M.M. Naravane for their extraordinary courage while dealing with the clash with Chinese soldiers happened in Galwan valley as well as Pangong So.