Jacob, who was also Governor of Punjab and Goa, breathed his last at the Army Hospital yesterday at around 8 am. He was admitted to the Army's Research and Referral Hospital since January 1 after suffering from pneumonia.

His body was first kept at the Brar Square in Delhi cantonment where Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Army chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag and IAF chief Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha led the nation in paying their homage.

Bangladesh High Commissioner and an Israeli Embassy delegation were also present besides Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Raghavendra Rathore, Minister of State for External Affairs Gen V K Singh (Retd) and senior BJP leader L K Advani among others.

Jacob was later laid to rest at the Jewish cemetery on Humayun Road. Jacob had negotiated the surrender of Pakistani troops in Dhaka after the 1971 Bangladesh liberation war when, as Major General, he served as the Chief of Staff of Indian Army's Eastern Command.

Born in 1923 in Bengal Presidency under British India, Jacob joined the army at the age of 19 in 1942 and also fought in World War II and the Indo-Pakistan War of 1965 before he retired in 1978.

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