1000’s attended the funeral at present in Telangana of Colonel Bikkumalla Santosh Babu, who died for his nation within the lethal conflict with China on the Galwan Valley in Ladakh on Monday, and chanted “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”. The four-year-old son of Colonel Santosh Babu, Anirudh, held by his mom, was part of the heartbreaking rituals carried out with full army honours.
Because the Colonel’s father carried out the final rites, the little boy was carried by his mom across the funeral pyre. In photographs that moved the nation, Anirudh, a masks protecting his face, was seen saluting his father.
Folks gathered in giant numbers to pay their final respects.
Chants of “Santosh Babu amar rahe (lengthy reside Santosh Babu)” and “Vande Mataram” rose up as an enormous crowd of individuals, many in masks, joined the funeral of a person they might not have heard of two days in the past. Folks showered flowers from their balconies on the military automobile carrying the soldier’s physique in a coffin wrapped within the nationwide flag.
Outlets and institutions in Suryapet city remained closed as a mark of respect. After the rituals, the Military gave a gun salute to the soldier who was killed within the line of responsibility.
Twenty troopers have been killed within the conflict within the Galwan Valley with Chinese language troops, within the first deadly face-off in 45 years. Beijing has given no official casualty determine however some 45 Chinese language troopers have been killed or injured, military sources say.
Colonel Santosh Babu, who studied in a Sainik College and educated within the Nationwide Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, was commissioned into the Bihar Regiment from Indian Army Academy, Dehradun and went on to finish the distinguished Defence Service Workers Course from Wellington earlier than taking on the command of his battalion.