SHILLONG/GUWAHATI, April 3: The Assam Rifles felicitated its veteran, Naren Chandra Das, who escorted the Dalai Lama during his escape from Tibet nearly 60 years ago at the force’s headquarter here.
Assam Rifles DG Lieutenant General Shokin Chauhan felicitated Das in the presence of the rank and file of the force during the commanders’ conference.
Assam Rifles chief reaffirmed the force’s pledge to look after its veterans and how a special cell was started wherein all veterans can register and interact directly for their grievances, Assam Rifles spokesman Lt Col Rahul Josan told newsmen.
He said a befitting tribute was paid to 76 year-old Das, the only surviving jawan among the eight Assam Rifles men who escorted the Tibetan spiritual leader in 1959.
Das, who was dressed in the force’s uniforms, carried a broad smiled boasting of how he happily carried the duty entrusted to him when he was posted at Lungla near the China border.
Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama had an emotional reunion with Das at Guwahati recently during the Namami Brahmaputra festival.
Das will leave for his hometown in Balipara in Assam’s Sonitpur district, the spokesman said.