New Delhi: Lt Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), who played a key role in the 1971 war which broke up Pakistan and created Bangladesh, died here on Wednesday, a hospital said.
The 93-year-old passed away around 8.30 a.m. at the Army Hospital (Research and Referral) due to pneumonia, a hospital official said. He had been admitted on January 1.
Jacob was the Chief of Staff of the Indian Army’s Eastern Command during the 1971 India-Pakistan war that led to Pakistan’s eastern wing seceding and becoming an independent Bangladesh.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid rich tributes to retired Lt Gen J.F.R. Jacob saying “India will always remain grateful to him”.
“India will always remain grateful to him for his impeccable service to the nation at the most crucial moments,” Modi tweeted, after Jacob, 93, died at a hospital here.
“Lt Gen Jacob and I interacted often. Had a memorable interaction when he presented his autobiography to me,” Modi added.