New Delhi: The Indian Army along with members of the Tibetan community on Monday paid tributes to the once-secret Special Frontier Force’s (SFF) soldier Nyima Tenzin, who lost his life in a landmine blast in the disputed area on the south bank of Pangong Lake in eastern Ladakh. Senior BJP leader Ram Madhav was also present at the funeral. Also Read - Watch: Chinese Soldiers Seen Crying on Their Way to India Border, Video Goes Viral
Tenzin was a member of the Tibetan refugee community which came out in full force in Ladakh to pay tributes to him. Also Read - 'China Back Off': Fresh Protests Break Outside Embassy in Nepal Over Alleged Chinese Intrusion
Chants of “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”, “Jai Tibet” and “Vikas Regiment Zindabad” reverberated during the funeral procession. Amid the waving of Tibetan flags, Ram Madhav paid his last respects to the martyred soldier and laid a wreath as a tribute. Also Read - China Has no Intention to Fight Either 'Cold War' or 'Hot War' With Any Country: Xi Jinping
Notably, in his now-deleted tweet, Madhav referred to the border as “Indo-Tibetan” as opposed to “Indo-Chinese”, sending a strong message to China amid a nearly four-month-long standoff border tension along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
In his tweet, he said such sacrifices of “valiant soldiers” bring peace along the Indo-Tibetan border. “That will be the real tribute to all martyrs,” he had written in the now-deleted tweet.
His presence during the cremation of the soldier is expected to get a strong signal from China, given that Subedar Tenzi who was killed during an operation last weekend and laid to rest at Leh with full military honours this morning, was a Tibetan himself.
China considers Tibet as part of its own territory.
Tenzin sacrificed his life during the pre-emptive operation the Indian Army carried out on the southern bank of the Pangong Lake in eastern Ladakh last week to foil a fresh move by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army to transgress into Indian territory. During the operation, another junior soldier Tenzin Loden, 24, was critically injured in the same explosion and is currently undergoing treatment at the military hospital in Ladakh. The injured Tenzin Loden is from the same settlement.