Today, Colonel Bikkumalla Santosh Babu’s funeral was performed in Telangana and thousands were present there. The Colonel died for his country in the deadly clash with China at the Galwan Valley in Ladakh on Monday, and chanted “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”.
His wife and four-year-old son were present there and the scene was quite heartbreaking when funeral rituals were carried out. When the Colonel’s father was performing the last rites, the little boy was carried by his mother around the funeral pyre.
The huge crowd present at the place were raising slogans saying, “Santosh Babu amar rahe (long live Santosh Babu)” and “Vande Mataram”. People showered flowers from their balconies on the army vehicle carrying the soldier’s body in a coffin wrapped in the national flag.
After all the rituals, the Army gave a gun salute to the brave soldier who was killed in the line of duty. In the latest face-off at the Glaven Valley with Chinese troops twenty soldiers were killed. Beijing has given no official casualty figure but some 45 Chinese soldiers were killed or injured.