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1971 India-Pakistan war hero, Lt Gen JFR Jacob dies at 92

india Updated: Jan 13, 2016 15:55 IST
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JFR Jacob

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.(File Photo)

Lieutenant general JFR Jacob, who negotiated the surrender of Pakistani troops in Dhaka following the 1971 war, died on Wednesday.

Jacob, who was 92, breathed his last on Wednesday morning after a 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 Goa and Punjab.