Thursday, January 14, 2016

Bangladesh Pays Tributes To 1971 War Hero Lt Gen JFR Jacob


Tributes and respects were paid to the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War hero Lieutenant General J F R Jacob (retired) on Thursday afternoon in a wreath laying ceremony in New Delhi.

The ceremony was attended by a host of dignitaries and top politicians including BJP veteran LK Advani, Indian SK Sinha, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, State Minister for External Affairs General V.K. Singh (Retd) and also by the Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali honouring the war veteran. Israeli Ambassador Daniel Carmon also graced the occasion conveying his regards. Officials of Bangladesh High Commission were also present at the ceremony. Jacob who was 92, breathed his last earlier yesterday morning after a prolonged spell of illness.

Chiefs of Indian Army, Navy & Air Force and senior Armed personnel also paid tribute to General Jacob.

Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have condoled the death of General Jacob.

Jacob had also negotiated the surrender of Pakistani troops in Dhaka following the 1971 War of Liberation. Born in 1923, Jacob is best known for his role during the War of Liberation of Bangladesh in 1971. Respect were being paid to many of the Martyrs with the 1971 Bangladesh liberation war hero Lt. Gen JFR Jacob also paid his respects for his role during the war. He was awarded by Bangladesh Government for his role.

Jacob, who was 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.

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