The final surviving member of a small troop of troopers who escorted the Dalai Lama as he fled from Tibet in 1959 has died aged 85, his former regiment stated immediately.
The Tibetan non secular chief arrived in India as a younger monk after a 13-day trek by way of the Himalayas disguised as a soldier to evade detection by Chinese language troops.
Naren Chandra Das, who died Monday at his residence in Assam, was 22 on the time and had simply accomplished his coaching with the Assam Rifles, the Indian Military’s oldest paramilitary pressure.
Together with six different troopers, he escorted the monk to Lumla in Arunachal Pradesh on March 31, 1959.
Das in an interview with native media final 12 months described how the troopers had walked by way of the mountainous area whereas the Dalai Lama was on a horse.
The retired soldier recalled how his group was not allowed to speak to the younger monk as they escorted him to security.
The 86-year-old Dalai Lama, who denies searching for Tibetan independence, has lived in exile in India ever since.
The two had an emotional reunion in 2017 after they met for the primary time in nearly 60 years.
” your face, I now realise I should be very outdated too,” the Tibetan non secular chief informed Das.
A 12 months later, Das was invited to Dharamsala, the place the Dalai Lama had arrange a Tibetan government-in-exile with permission from Delhi.
“I went with my household and he hugged me there. He had additionally given me a memento. I shall always remember my assembly,” Das had stated final 12 months.