The hero of the war for liberation of Bangladesh, Lt Gen Jagjit Singh Aurora, who oversaw the surrender of over 90,000 Pakistani troops, died in New Delhi on Tuesday morning in a private hospital.
Aurora, 89, who was ailing for some time, died in sleep. He is survived by a son and a daughter.
From Rediff Archives:
An exclusive interview with Lt General J S Aurora
Gen Aurora Chat transcript
Aurora, who as general officer commanding of Eastern Command, had the honour of accepting the famous surrender by Pakistani troops under Gen A A K Niazi in Dhaka on December 16, 1971, led the lightening strikes by Indian forces in the then East Pakistan which ultimately led to the liberation of Bangladesh.
Along with Gen Sam Maneckshaw, he played an important part in the eastern sector military operations.
A recipient of Padma Bhushan and Param Vishist Seva Medal, Aurora had a stint in Parliament as a Rajya Sabha member.
The funeral will take place on Thursday with full military honours, army sources said.
The Bangladesh liberation war