Itanagar: “Chhetri War Memorial” was inaugurated on November 2 at Tulung La pass by Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu commemorating the ultimate sacrifice made by four soldiers of Assam Rifles against Chinese forces, forty-five years ago.
The memorial is located 17,000 feet above sea level at Tulung La pass, close to Indo-Tibet border and is a few kilometres from Bum La in Arunachal Pradesh.
Last Clash before Galwan
In 1975, Lance naik Nar Bahadur Chhetri along with Riflemen Ganesh Bahadur Chhetri, Krishan Bahadur Chhetri and Nar Bahadur Chhetri of 5 Assam Rifles laid down their lives fighting Chinese forces.
These soldiers were part of a 5 Assam Rifles deployed at Lungar Post, tasked to dominate Tulung La. On October 20, Chinese troops ambushed them. The valiant soldiers were laid to rest with military honours on October 30, 1975.
The 1975 clash at Tulung La was the final encounter between India and China which led to the death of troops on either side, until recent clash at Galwan valley in June, this year.
The border skirmish of 1975 is less known in history. India announced officially on October 20, 1975, that Chinese forces had encroached Indian territory in south of Tulung La, and opened fire on the Assam Rifles deployment which led to the death of the soldiers.
China only confirmed the incident on November 3, 1975 blaming India for the loss of lives.
According to the Indian version, the contingent that was patrolling the territory on October 20 in 1975 consisted of six jawans, of which four of them went ahead in a leading position and two stayed back and managed to escape. The four soldiers who went ahead were caught in cross-fire as they fought the Chinese army.
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