Former chief of the Indian army's eastern command Lt Gen (retired) JFR Jacob, 93, who negotiated the surrender of Pakistani troops in Dhaka following the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971, died after prolonged illness on Wednesday (13th January) in a New Delhi hospital.
The Lt Gen Jacob is best known for his role in the liberation of Bangladesh in December, 1971. Jacob, then a Major General, served as the Chief of Staff of the Indian Army's Eastern Command during the war. Importantly, the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 was the direct military confrontation between India and Pakistan during the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. The war led to the broke up of Pakistan and creation of a new country, Bangladesh.
Jacob joined the army at the age of 19 and also fought in World War II and the Indo-Pakistan War of 1965 before he retired in 1978. Post retirement, he also served as the Governor of Western Indian state of Goa and Punjab.
Paying tributes to Jacob, Prime Minister Narendra Modi posted a message on his Twitter account saying that the country will always be indebted for his impeccable service to the nation at the most crucial moments. “RIP Lt Gen JFR Jacob. India will always remain grateful to him for his impeccable service to the nation at the most crucial moments”, tweeted the Indian PM, Mr. Narendra Modi.