New Delhi: The Galwan Valley clash along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) marked the end of a 45-year-old chapter that saw no armed confrontation involving loss of lives in the disputed Himalayan region. The deadly brawl between the Indian and Chinese troops in June 2020, led to the death of 20 Indian soldiers and China this week admitted for the first time that it lost four soldiers in the fighting.
Following the transgressions both the countries engaged in several corps commander level talks, which resulted in the recent disengagement from the de facto border area.
However, another reason to cheer about for the Northeasterners is the role of Captain Soiba Maningba Rangnamei from Manipur who led the army during the face-off.
As per local media reports, Rangnamei was a student of Sainik School, Imphal from class VI to XII, and graduated from the National Defence Academy in Pune. He passed the Joint Training Academy and was commissioned on June 9, 2018, from the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun.
Acknowledging the efforts of Rangnamei, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju who hails from Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh shared a picture of Rangnamei apprehending a Chinese soldier of the People's Liberation Army PLA.
Captain Rangnamei is from the 16 Bihar Regiment of the Indian Army. Both Rijiju and Singh took to Twitter to hail the bravery of Rangnamei.
Union Minister Kiren Rijiju tweeted: "He is Captain Soiba Maningba Rangnamei from Senapati District in Manipur. He led his men from 16 Bihar in Galwan during the confrontation against the Chinese PLA."
Manipur Chief Minister tweeted: "Meet Capt Soiba Maningba Rangnamei from Senapati District, Manipur of 16 Bihar, leading his men in Galwan during the confrontation against the Chinese PLA. The valour you have shown while standing up for the Nation has made all of us proud."
In another tweet sharing the names of cadets who have been freshly inducted into the Indian Defence Forces from Imphal's Sainik School, CM Singh said that the people of Manipur are ready to serve the nation.
India and China recently withdrew their troops from the Pangong Tso which is considered to be one of the key friction points on the LAC in Ladakh. Further discussions are going on for disengagement at other friction points at Depsang, Hot Springs and Gogra