1 Bihar to replace 16 Bihar regiment at Galwan Valley

The gallant 16 Bihar Regiment, which put up a strong fight at Galwan valley during the skirmish with Chinese troops on June 15, is moving out from its forward location to a peacetime station, having completed its tenure in eastern Ladakh.

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Sources said the regiment was scheduled to leave the Galwan area in April but the movement was disrupted due to restriction on movements imposed to curb spread of Covid-19.
New Delhi: The gallant 16 Bihar Regiment, which put up a strong fight at Galwan valley during the skirmish with Chinese troops on June 15, is moving out from its forward location to a peacetime station, having completed its tenure in eastern Ladakh. The regiment, which lost its commanding officer, Colonel Santosh Babu, in the hand-to-hand fight with PLA troops that also left the Chinese commanding officer dead, is being replaced by 1 Bihar regiment.

Sources said the regiment was scheduled to leave the Galwan area in April but the movement was disrupted due to restriction on movements imposed to curb spread of COVID-19. The peace location to which the unit is being shifted to is Hyderabad.

The forward location at Galwan remains critical despite the disengagement and withdrawal of Chinese troops. Over the next few weeks, the physical verification of ground positions will be done — a critical phase during which the last clash took place.


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Troops from the 16 Bihar Regiment led the charge in mid-June when a larger PLA formation attacked Col. Babu who had gone to Patrol Point 14 to check the disengagement decided at Corps Commander level meetings. His small team was attacked when they reached the location which the PLA had to dismantle, as per discussion. The team managed to take down an observation post that PLA had created at PP14. PLA, however, reassembled the post the next week but has since dismantled it after another round of corps commander level talks.

While 20 Indian soldiers died in the clash, 78 were injured, some of them seriously. All injured have since recovered. Other Indian troops in the clash included soldiers from the 3 Punjab Regiment and forward observers from two artillery regiments posted in the area.
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