1971 war hero Lt Gen JFR Jacob passes away

New Delhi: Lt Gen JFR Jacob (retd), who played a key role in the 1971 war which broke up Pakistan and created Bangladesh, passed away here on Wednesday, a hospital said.

(Lt Gen JFR Jacob (right) with PM Narendra Modi)

The 93-year-old passed away around 8.30 am 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.

Jacob also served as the governor of Goa and Punjab.