On Ladakh road, Army memorial for 20 soldiers killed in Galwan

Written by Krishn Kaushik
| New Delhi |

Updated: October 4, 2020 2:57:26 am

The memorial on the Darbuk-Shyok-Daulat Beg Oldie road. (CANI)

The Army has erected a memorial to commemorate the 20 Indian soldiers who had died fighting Chinese troops near Patrolling Point 14 (PP14) in eastern Ladakh on June 15. The memorial mentions the names of all 20 soldiers who had gone to remove Chinese tents on the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control, but were killed in a hand-to-hand combat with rival troops.

The plaque at the memorial, which is situated along the Darbuk-Shyok-Daulat Beg Oldie road, mentions the details of the incident.

“Op Snow Leopard”, it states, “on 15th June 2020 at Galwan Valley, Col B Santosh Babu Commanding Officer 16 Bihar led the Quick Reaction Force of 16 Bihar and attached troops tasked to evict the PLA (People’s Liberation Army) OP (outpost) from general area Y Nala and move further to PP14”.

Y Nala is the place where the Galwan river turns west to meet Shyok river.

The plaque mentions that “the column successfully evicted the PLA OP from Y Nala and reached PP14 where a fierce skirmish broke out between the Indian Army and PLA troops”. Col B Santosh Babu, it says, “led from the front and his troops fought gallantly in a hand-to-hand combat, causing heavy…

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