Bangladesh War Hero Lt Gen Jacob Passes Away


New Delhi: Lt Gen JFR Jacob (retd), who negotiated the surrender of Pakistani troops in Dhaka following the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971, passed away on Wednesday morning.

Jacob, who was 92, breathed his last today morning after prolonged illness, army sources said. Born in 1923, Jacob is best known for his role in India’s victory in the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971 and the liberation of Bangladesh.

Jacob, then a Major General, served as the Chief of Staff of the Indian Army’s Eastern Command during the war. Born in the Bengal Presidency under British India, 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 west Indian state of Goa and north Indian state of Punjab.