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A father of a 17-day old, a mother’s only son, and others who sacrificed their lives while fighting for India at the Galwan valley

A father of a 17-day old, a mother’s only son, and others who sacrificed their lives while fighting for India at the Galwan valley
  • The deadliest clash between the two countries since 1975 claimed the life of at least 20 Indian soldiers — casualties on the Chinese side still unknown.
  • Among those who lost their lives was Ojha, who was blessed with a daughter just 17 days ago, had promised his mother over the phone that he would be home as soon as he got leave from duty.
  • Here’s remembering those who lost their lives in the violent clash.
India and China — on June 15 engaged in a violent clash amid snow-covered disputed barren terrain in Galwan Valley — located 14,000 ft above the sea level. The deadliest clash between the two countries since 1975 claimed the life of at least 20 Indian soldiers — casualties on the Chinese side still unknown.

The soldiers from both the sides reportedly used sticks, fists, rocks and wooden clubs — some which were studded with nails or wrapped in barbed wire to fight each other. And, most of the soldiers who were the victims of stone-pelting succumbed to their injuries.

Here’s remembering those who lost their lives in the violent clash —



​Colonel B Santosh Babu who was looking for a good school for his kids

​Colonel B Santosh Babu who was looking for a good school for his kids
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A pall of gloom descended over the family and relatives of Colonel Bikkumalla Santosh Babu, who was killed by Chinese troops during clashes, as his mortal remains arrived at his residence in Vidyanagar on June 18. A large number of people gathered to pay tribute to Babu — raising slogans of "Santosh Babu amar hai.”

Santosh Babu, from Suryapet’s Telangana, was among the 20 soldiers who lost their lives while fighting for India in the violent clash with China a few days ago. He is survived by his wife Santoshi and two children — a 9-year old girl and a 4-year old boy.

Babu was the only son of retired bank manager B.Upender and Manuja — who were hoping to see him in a month. He was due for transfer to Hyderabad and was looking for a school for his children.


“My son won medals and fought for the country at the border, but died too young,” Mr. Upender said, expressing pride,” Upender said.
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​Havildar Bipul Roy and Sepoy Rajesh Orang from West Bengal

​Havildar Bipul Roy and Sepoy Rajesh Orang from West Bengal
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Rajesh Orang's family in Belgaria village

West Bengal on June 17 mourned the loss of two of its brave sons — Rajesh Orang of Birbhum and Bipul Roy of Alipurduar — who were killed in clashes with Chinese troops in Ladakh's Galwan Valley.

"My son served the country and gave his life for it," was all that Subhas, Orang's distraught father, could say. Orang’s mother, Mamata, was so overwhelmed with emotion that she could hardly speak. The family was hoping to get Orang married when he came home on his next leave from duty.

Roy was a native of Bindi village in Alipurduar district's Totopara. He lived in Meerut with his wife and five-year-old daughter. Roy, 36, had joined the Army 19 years ago and was a havildar in the Bihar Regiment.

"He had come home about five months ago and had plans to construct a pucca house for the family here," Roy's brother said.

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​Jharkhand’s Sepoy Kundan Kumar Ojha who became father 17 days ago and Sep Ganesh Hansda

​Jharkhand’s Sepoy Kundan Kumar Ojha who became father 17 days ago and Sep Ganesh Hansda
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Jharkhand plunged into grief on Wednesday as the violent face-off between Indian and Chinese troops in Ladakh's Galwan Valley stripped the state of two of its bravehearts — Kundan Kumar Ojha and Ganesh Hansda.

Ojha, blessed with a daughter just 17 days ago, had promised his mother over the phone that he would be home as soon as he got leave from duty.

That was the last the family heard from the 28-year-old soldier. He and Hansda were among the 20 Army personnel killed in a fierce clash with Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh's Galwan Valley on Monday night.

The second of the four children of farmer Ravi Shankar Ojha and Bhawani Devi from Dihari village in Sahibganj district, Ojha had joined the Army in 2011. He had tied the knot a year-and-a-half ago.

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​21-year old Sepoy Ankush Thakur joined the regiment tens months ago

​21-year old Sepoy Ankush Thakur joined the regiment tens months ago
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Sepoy Ankush Thakur was also among the 20 Indian Army soldiers who died during the violent clash between India and China on June 15.

The 21-year-old sepoy was a resident of the village in Bhoranj subdivision. Thakur was born on November 4, 1998 and was recruited to the Punjab Regiment in December 2018 and formally joined the regiment after finishing his training ten months ago.

His father and grandfather had also served in the Indian Army. Thakur has a younger brother who studies in class six.

The death of 20 soldiers have also triggered a large number of protest in the country demanding justice.

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​Other soldiers who lost their lives include

​Other soldiers who lost their lives include
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Naib Subedar Nuduram Soren
Naib Subedar Mandeep Singj
Naib Subedar Satnam Singh
Havildar K Palani
HavildarSunil Kumar
Naik Nk Deepak Kumar
Sepoy Aman Kumar
Sepoy Ganesh Ram
Sepoy Chandrakanta Pradha
Sepoy Gurbinder
Sepoy Gurtej Singh
Sepoy Chandan Kumar
Kundan Kumar
Jai Kishore Singh

(Note: We will update this story as and when we receive more information about the other soldiers who died in the clash)

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