What is Mahaveer Chakra

The father of the late Colonel Santosh Babu said Monday he was "not one hundred percent satisfied" with the Mahavir Chakra awarded to him posthumously for his valiant actions against the Chinese attack in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh in June 2020, and that he was with the Param Vir Chakra should have been honored.

“It's not that I'm unhappy. But I am not 100 percent satisfied (with the award from Mahavir Chakra). There is a possibility to better honor him. But I think that Santosh Babu should have been named for the highest military honor Param Vir Chakra for the gallantry he showed in the performance of his duties, ”Babu's father B Upendra told PTI.

He said his son's bravery inspired many people, including those who work in the defense forces.

Colonel Babu, the commanding officer of the 16th Bihar Regiment, was among 20 Indian soldiers who died in hand-to-hand combat in the Galwan Valley on June 15 last year. This incident was one of the most serious military conflicts between the two sides in decades.

Upendra said his son fought with Chinese troops to face challenges posed by the climatic conditions of the area where he was stationed.

“My son and his men fought barehand. He proved India is superior and stronger than China by killing more enemy soldiers, ”he said.

According to him, the Col Babu family received from the center only the departmental benefits that are normally granted to the families of the martyr soldiers.

The Telangana government gave the SantoshBabus family five crore ex-gratia, in addition to the Group I post, to his wife and a residential property.