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Wednesday, January 05, 2011

A clarification from JFR Jacob

Courtesy: Claude Arpi, 4 Jan 2011

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A clarification from Gen JFR Jacob

I received a communication from Gen JFR Jacob on the article The Phantoms of Chittagong.

The former Chief of Staff, Eastern Command during the Bangladesh Operations wrote: "I was ordered to employ them [the SFF]. We [the Indian Army] did not need nor want them.

The task given by me to [Maj Gen SS] Uban was to capture Rangmati, a small town of no military significance, in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, close to the border with Mizoram. They [the SFF troops of Maj Gen Uban] operated under my orders, not RAW’s [Research and Analysis Wing]. They accomplished their task by 15 Dec[ember] when the cease fire came into force. [The] RAW makes fictional claims of its achievements in the war. We trained the mukti bahini [I set up 10 training camps, some 80.000 were trained]. [The] RAW [Uban] did train a very small number. They did not play any significant part."

Though the participation of the Tibetan forces may have been 'minimal' in terms of military strategy, the fact remains that the Tibetans did participate to the Liberation of Bangladesh and they suffered a number of casualties.

Posted by Claude Arpi at 6:02 AM

N.B. This posting is a follow up of our yesterday's posting: The Phantoms of Chittagong.

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