Agartala, Jan. 30 (ANI): Tripura Governor Tathagatha Roy on Saturday condole the demise of his predecessor General K.V. Krishna Rao, who was the state’s Governor from 1984 to 1989.
Rao, a nonagenarian passed away in New Delhi today.
In his message, Roy said “I just came to know about the passing away of K. V. Krishna Rao. He was a very successful Governor and my predecessor. I am continuing his legacy and enjoying them as a Governor. I am conveying all my grief to the family of departed K. V. Krishna Rao. Let his soul remain in peace.”
K.V. Krishna Rao was commissioned in August 1942 and saw action as a Company Commander of 3 Mahar in Kashmir operations of 1948. He later on commanded the same battalion.
His moment of glory though was as the GOC of 8 Mountain Division in erstwhile East Pakistan’s Sylhet sector in the 1971 War.
He is also visible in the most famous photograph of the 1971 War, in which Pakistani Lt. General Niazi surrendered to Lt. General J.S Arora.
General Krishna Rao was appointed as the 14th Chief of Army Staff on June 1, 1981 and served in that capacity till July 1983.
He was also the Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee, the highest appointment in the Services, during March 1982 to July 1983.
From June 1984 to July 1989, General Krishna Rao was the Governor of the North Eastern States of Nagaland, Manipur and Tripura.
He was also the Governor of Mizoram in June 1988 and March to July 1989.
Later, General Krishna Rao was appointed as the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir during 1989-90.
When a proxy war developed in Jammu and Kashmir and reached its peak, he was reappointed as Governor and served there from March 1993 to May 1998.
In this capacity, he was instrumental in restoring peace and democracy in the insurgency-driven state. (ANI)