Gen KV Krishna Rao, 92, former chief of Army Staff and a former governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Nagaland, Manipur and Tripura, passed away at the Army’s Base Hospital, Delhi Cantonment, on Saturday.
Lt Gen KJ Singh, Army Commander, Western Command, expressed condolences on behalf of all ranks on the demise of the former commander of Western Command. He described him as a general with extraordinary leadership qualities and finest military mind. Kotikalapudi Venkata Krishna Rao was born on July 16, 1923 and remained the governor of Jammu and Kashmir from 1989-90 and from 1993-1998.
Gen Rao was commissioned in Mahar Regiment in 1942. As a young officer, he served in Burma, North West Frontier and Baluchistan during Second World War. He participated in the first war against Pakistan in 1947-48. He commanded a Mountain Division during the 1971 war, wherein his division captured the Sylhet area and liberated northeast Bangladesh. He displayed outstanding leadership, courage, determination and drive during this war and was awarded the Param Vishisht Sewa Medal.