Hyderabad: The mom of Colonel B. Santosh Babu, who was killed by the Chinese language Military in Japanese Ladakh on Monday night time, is proud that her son made the supreme sacrifice for the sake of the nation.
Commanding Officer Santosh Babu, who together with two jawans was killed within the face-off between the 2 armies throughout the de-escalation in Galwan Valley, hailed from Suryapet district in Telangana.
“I am both sad and proud. My son has laid down his life for the country. As a mother I am sad. He was my only son,” mentioned Manjula, preventing the tears.
Santosh is survived by his spouse, nine-year previous daughter and a four-year previous son.
His mother and father have been shocked on listening to the information of their son’s killing on Tuesday afternoon. “Our daughter-in-law is in Delhi and she was informed last night. We received the news in the afternoon,” she mentioned.
“We were not ready to believe but were told it is true. We have lost our son,” mentioned Santosh’s father Upender, a retired financial institution officer.
He recalled that Santosh joined the Sainik Faculty within the sixth class. “I wanted to serve in the Army but I could not achieve the goal. I realised my dream through my son. He was very talented and got many promotions in his 15 years of service,” he mentioned.
Santosh was with 16 Bihar Regiment and was serving on the Indo-China border for the final one-and-a-half years. He had instructed his mother and father that he would quickly be transferred to Hyderabad, however the course of was delayed due to the Covid-19 scenario.
“I last spoke to him on Sunday night. I asked him about the reports of the two armies pulling back after the talks. He told me not to believe the reports as talks are different and the situation on the ground is different. He said the situation is serious. I told him to take care,” mentioned Manjula.
Slain Military officer fulfilled his father’s private goals
The Indian Military officer killed in a violent conflict with Chinese language troops in japanese Ladakh on Monday night time, Colonel Santosh Babu, fulfilled his father’s private goals of serving the nation and was anticipating a posting to this metropolis earlier than making the supreme sacrifice.
Babu and two troopers have been killed within the Galwan Valley in japanese Ladakh on Monday night time throughout a conflict with Chinese language troops within the first such incident involving fatalities after a niche of 45 years, signalling a large escalation within the five- week border standoff within the delicate area.
The slain officer’s father mentioned whereas he couldn’t reside his goals of serving the armed forces, his son did.
“I could not join the army and serve my country. So I wanted my son to join the defence forces and serve our country though my relatives discouraged the idea,” B Upender, father of the slain Colonel and a retired banker, mentioned.
Expressing his heartfelt condolences over Babu’s demise, Telangana Chief Minister Ok Chandrasekhar Rao, in a press release, mentioned the state authorities will stand by the bereaved household.
He instructed his cupboard colleague Jagadish Reddy, because the state authorities consultant, to supervise preparations for receiving the physique until the final rites are carried out.
Babu, who hailed from Suryapet district in Telangana, was serving within the 16 Bihar regiment as Commanding Officer, his father mentioned.
He’s survived by his spouse, daughter and son, who’re residing in Delhi.
The slain officer,who was anticipating a posting in Hyderabad quickly, had spoken to his motheron Sunday the place the dialog centred across the ongoing tensions.
“He last spoke to me on Sunday night,” Babu’s mom mentioned.
Although ‘crestfallen,’ she is “proud that my son sacrificed (his life) for the nation,” she mentioned.
When requested concerning the tensions on the Indo-China border, Santosh had mentioned these points couldn’t be mentioned given the sensitivity.
“I told him to be careful,” the bereaved father instructed reporters.
Babu joined the Indian Military in 2004 and was first posted in Jammu and Kashmir, Upender mentioned.
The household was knowledgeable concerning the tragedy this afternoon by senior military officers.
Babu’s mortal stays are anticipated to achieve his native Suryapet on Wednesday for the ultimate rites, district police chief R Bhaskaran mentioned.
“As of now the information available is the mortal remains have to reach Delhi and from there his wife and children will travel to Suryapet, where the final rites are scheduled to happen”, the SP instructed PTI over cellphone.
The Indian and Chinese language armies are engaged in a standoff in Pangong Tso, Galwan Valley, Demchok and Daulat Beg Oldie in japanese Ladakh.
A large variety of Chinese language Military personnel had even transgressed into the Indian facet of the de-facto border in a number of areas, together with Pangong Tso.
The Indian Military has been fiercely objecting to the transgressions, and demanded their quick withdrawal for restoration of peace and tranquillity within the space.
Either side held a sequence of talks in the previous couple of days to resolve the row earlier than the variations took a violent and deadly activate Monday.
(With Company Inputs)
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