India China Dispute: Meet The Special Frontier Force That Thwarted China’s Attempts At LAC
Formed by Jawaharlal Nehru Govt in 1962, the forces specialise in covert ops.
In another flare-up at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) near the Indo-China border, the Indian Army managed to thwart an attempt by Chinese troops to carry out “provocative military movements to change the status quo” along the southern bank of the Pangong Tso lake in Ladakh. The Special Frontier Force (SSF) responsible for this thwarting has its origins set way back in 1962 when the Sino-Indian War had broken out. It was created as a force that could conduct covert operations behind Chinese lines in the event of another war.
The SSF was formed by then Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru at the advice of Intelligence Bureau Chief Bhola Nath Mullik. The force is comprised mainly of Tibetan fighters and Gorkha Rifles. These soldiers may have been drawn from the Indian Army, but they are not part of the Army itself. The SSF troops operate under the wing of the Indian intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW). On the night of August 29, they were successful in hindering the attempts by Chinese troops to disturb the status quo along the LAC.
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