Imphal: Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Tuesday honoured Captain Soiba Maningba Rangnamei, a 24-year-old Indian Army officer from Senapati district for his valour and courage while protecting the country in Galwan Valley during the confrontation against the Chinese soldiers’ last year.

Captain Soiba, a resident of Katomei village and belonging to the Naga Maram tribe, led his 16 Bihar Regiment troops of the Indian Army and confronted China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers in Galwan Valley during a face-off along the contested Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.

In a widely-circulated picture on social media, Captain Soiba, alumni of Sainik School in Imphal and National Defence Academy in Pune, was seen fearlessly grabbing the collar of a Chinese soldier.

Hailing the bravery of Captain Soiba, CM Biren Singh said that we are always indebted to soldiers like him (Captain Soiba) leading from the front for the safety and security of our Nation.

“The state always encourages our youths to join the armed forces and participate in safeguarding the nation,” Singh tweeted.

As per reports, he received a Mention in Despatches in the Indian Army’s Republic Day 2021 Honours & Awards under Operation Snow Leopard. He passed the Joint Training Academy and was first commissioned on June 9, 2018, from the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun.

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