A news item published by some newspapers on March 31 saying ‘Jacob wants immediate trial of war criminals’ has come to the notice of Lieutenant General JFR Jacob.
The retired Indian General denied having made such comments. Before leaving Dhaka, he said in a written statement, ‘No such statement was made by me at anytime during my visit to Bangladesh. Officers from the Army of Bangladesh were present to confirm this.’
General Jacob expressed his deep concern on the motive of ‘interested quarters publishing untrue and misleading sensitive information,’ according to an ISPR press release.
Major General (retd) Lachman Singh, another member of the Indian delegation, also denied having made any statement calling for trial of war criminals, a spokesman of the Indian high commission said.
Earlier during a press meet on 28th the Lieutenant General JFR Jacob was asked to comment on the war criminals since sector commanders joined in, but he denied saying it was an internal matter of the BD. He though said that he had his uttermost respect for the freedom fighters and people of Bangladesh should respect what they did and recognize them.