Indian Special Frontier Force Soldier Killed in Skirmish With Chinese Troops
An Indian soldier assigned to the Special Frontier Force (SFF) was killed in clashes with Chinese troops in the border region on August 29.
The deceased was identified as Company Leader Nyima Tenzin from the Tibetan settlement of Choglamsar near Leh, the capital of India’s Ladakh region. Another soldier, identified as Tenzin Londhen, was injured in the same operation. Both these soldiers were from 7 VIKAS, one of the seven SFF battalions that have been moved to Ladakh and deployed against Chinese troops.
The Special Frontier Force (SFF), also known as ‘Establishment 22’, is a special force of India created on 14 November 1962 in the aftermath of the 1962 Sino-Indian War. The primary mission of the force was to conduct covert operations behind Chinese lines in the event of another Sino-Indian War.
Indian and Chinese troops has clashed on the southern bank of Pangong Tso lake in the eastern Ladakh region. According to a statement released by the Indian Army at the time, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) “carried out provocative military movements to change the status quo” on the night of August 29-30.
The statement said that the Indian troops pre-empted this PLA activity and undertook measures to strengthen its positions and thwart Chinese intentions “to unilaterally change facts on ground”.
Another clash was also reported in the region on Monday.
The latest clashes came two-and-a-half months after the violent face-off at Galwan Valley which claimed the lives of 20 Indian Army soldiers. There were reportedly also causalities in the Chinese side but was not officially released by China’s Communist government.