Colonel Santhosh Babu’s funeral to be held at Suryapet on June 18

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The funeral of Colonel Santosh Babu, who laid down his life for the country in the standoff with China troops at Galwan Valley in Ladakh on Monday, will be held at Suryapet town in his home state of Telangana Thursday (June 18) morning. 

His body is scheduled to be brought to Hakimpet Airforce Station in Hyderabad in the evening by a special flight and from there it will be taken to his home town Suryapet. The state authorities said that all arrangements are being made for the funeral.

Colonel Santosh Babu and two jawans, Havildar Palani from Tamil Nadu and Sepoy Ojha from Jharkhand, are among 20 soldiers killed in the first fatal clash between Indian and Chinese soldiers since 1975.

Babu's wife and children, who were living in Delhi, arrived at Shamshabad Airport in the morning. Cyberabad Police Commissioner VC Sajjanar and  Shamshabad DCP  N Prakash Reddy have received Martyred soldier's family at the Shamshabad Rajiv Gandhi International Airport.

NDTV reported that the deceased colonel had spoken to his parents on Sunday, a day before he was killed. The Colonel's parents B Upender and Manjula are in deep shock.

"We are under deep shock. We could not believe it when we got to know about our son. I could not believe it as he was very brave. In the last fifteen years, he had been very successful. I immediately asked an officer. Later, several officers of the Army contacted me directly on phone. They said they

"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," Colonel Babu's mother Manjula said, breaking down frequently as she faced the cameras.

Santosh Babu was in the 16 Bihar regiment as Commanding Officer. He joined the Army in 2004 and was first posted in Jammu and Kashmir, according to his father.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao expressed his grief over the death of Colonel Babu.

"Colonel Santosh has sacrificed his life for the nation and his sacrifice cannot be valued in any terms," said the Chief Minister, announcing that his government would support the family anyway it could (with inputs from agencies)

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