GUWAHATI, April 2: Meet havildar (retd) Naren Chandra Das of 5 Assam Rifles, now retired, and the lone known survivor of the seven Indian personnel who were the first to receive the Dalai Lama+ on the Indian soil when he made his daring escape from Tibet 58 years back.
Seventy-nine-year-old Das, who was a rifleman then, and his four colleagues, led by their section commander Naik Debu Singh Gurung, were ordered to move to the international border to receive a special guest and bring him to India at Twang safely.
“We were armed with 303 rifle and we escorted him on foot. He was on horseback. There were no Chinese, because that time India’s immediate neighbour was Tibet and not China,” Das told TOI here on Sunday when he came to meet the Tibetan spiritual leader. Das said two of his colleagues in that historic trip later died in the 1962 War with China.
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