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Why was Indian Army forced to dismantle Major Shaitan Singh's memorial in Ladakh?

Major Shaitan Singh led an extraordinary battle during the 1962 India China war in which 120 soldiers killed over 1000 Chinese soldiers. He and his men fought to the "last bullet, last man" to ensure Chushul did not fall into Chinese hands. But what forced the Indian Army to dismantle his memorial?

The Telegraph Online Published 07.05.24, 08:21 PM

Why was Major Shaitan Singh's memorial dismantled?

Major Shaitan Singh had led the extraordinary Battle of Rezang La during the 1962 India China War, in which120 Indian soldiers killed over 1000 Chinese soldiers. On the icy mountain pass that led to Ladakh's Chushul valley, the 120 soldiers repulsed seven attacks by the Chinese, launched in waves. Major Singh and 113 men fought to “the last bullet, last man” to ensure that Chushul did not fall into Chinese hands.

Major Singh’s body was found with his right hand clutching his bullet-ridden stomach. His memorial was built at the spot where he fell. But 61 years after this remarkable feat, the memorial had to be dismantled! Here's why...

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