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Down but not out: Injured SFF jawan keen to return to frontline



Sept. 5, 2020, 9:21 p.m.

Asif Suhaf, Ladakh: A retired SFF soldier whose son was injured in a vintage mine blast on the night of August 29 in the southern Pangong area in Ladakh, says his son is keen to be back in his battalion.

Yeshi Tenzin, a retired officer from the SSF battalion, says his son, Tenzin Londin, was injured on August 29 along with an SSF officer on August 29 in the Southern Pangong area. The SSF officer later succumbed to his injuries.

“My son is under treatment at the army hospital Leh. He is doing fine and will be back in his battalion after he is discharged from the hospital. He is keen to be back,” Yeshi adds.

The SFF, also referred as Vikas battalion, on August 29 mounted an offensive that led to control of some key heights along the LAC with China in Ladakh. The offensive, named as operation QPQ, quid pro quo, was aimed to thwart occupation by Chinese troops of these heights.

“I have myself served in the Chushul area along the LAC when I was in the SSF,” Yashi says.

“I think due to the current move India has gained domination of the main peaks of blacktop and other heights and it is the time to teach China a lesson in this area,” he said.

“Talking with Chinese is a futile exercise. They don’t understand the language of talks and reconciliation,” he added.

“Now there is nothing secretive about the SFF and soldiers of the Vikas battalion are ready to take on China along the LAC, the achievements of the force should be highlighted,” he added.

The secretive SSF force was raised after the 1962 Sino-India war comprising Tibetan exiles and it has served the country during selective and highly sensitive military operations such as Operation Eagle in Chittagong Hills in the 1971 India-Pakistan war.

It took part in the operation blue star in Golden Temple in 1984. In the same year, the SSF took part in the operation of Megdhoot to conquer the heights of Siachen. In 1999, the SSF participated in the operation of Vijay during the Kargil war.  There are several other secretive operations too in which the SSF has taken part but they are classified.

Since August 29 action in Southern Pangong, the force has been talked about high in the country for its valor. The force is not part of the Indian Army.

“It is high time for the government of India to tell the world about SSF and make it a regular special commando force within the Indian Army,” Yashi said.

IANS



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