Former Western Command GOC-in-C passes away at 85

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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  • Updated: Dec 03, 2013 18:34 IST

Former Western Command GOC-in-C passes away at 85
Lt Gen Hriday Kaul (retd), a former General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, passed away in Army Research and Referral Hospital, Delhi, after a brief illness.

He was cremated in Delhi on Monday.

Lt Gen Kaul was the Western Army Commander from 1985 to 1986 and had hit the headlines after retirement when he claimed that as director general military operations he had been offered a bribe to favour an artillery gun manufacturer during the trials which resulted in Bofors being chosen by the army.

Born in September 1928, Lt Gen Kaul was commissioned in 2nd Lancers of the Armoured Corps in September 1948. He was the second-in-command of his regiment during the 1965 war and commanded a brigade during the 1971 war.

He held an instructional appointment at the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, and rose to be the GOC of 31 Armoured Division followed by a stint as director military intelligence, director general military operations, deputy chief of army staff, GOC 2 Corps and finally as GOC-in-C Western Command from where he retired in September 1986.


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