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Assamese Soldier Who Protected Dalai Lama In 1959 Passes Away

Naren Chandra Das of Assam, who was one of the seven Indian soldiers who protected Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama when he entered the Indian border from Tibet via Zimithang in Arunachal Pradesh, had passed away on Tuesday morning due to old age ailments.

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The former soldier, who had been suffering from old-age ailments for the past many days, breathed his last at 6 am at the age of 84 in his residence.

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As news of the death of Das, a resident of Udmari village in Sonitpur district spread, a large number of admirers and well-wishers arrived at his residence and paid their last respects.

His last rites were performed with military honours.

It may be recalled that on March 17, 1959, when Dalai Lama, who had issued a peace message, fled Tibet to India, he was protected from the Indian border by a seven-member team of Assam Rifles.

The team also had Naren Chandra Das.

Das leaves behind three sons, three daughters and grandchildren.

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