Lt Gen RS Dayal passes away
■ PANCHKULA: Lt Gen RS Dayal (retd), former chief of staff, Western Command, who also commanded Operation Bluestar in 1984, passed away here on Sunday.
The 83-year-old Maha Vir Chakra awardee was also the former Lt Governor of Puducherry and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The cremation will be held at the electric crematorium, Sector 25, at 2 pm on Monday. Dayal breathed his last at the Command Hospital, where he was admitted after he complained of illness.
Dayal was awarded the MVC after he displayed immense courage and determination in the India-pakistan War of 1965.
He also took up the issues concerning ex-servicemen and recently apprised the Prime Minister of their demands.
The ex-servicemen in the tricity have termed his death as a huge loss to the forces.
Born on November 15, 1928, Dayal graduated in 1942 and was selected for the Indian Military Academy. He was commissioned in the Indian Army in Punjab Regiment (Para) and assigned the 1st Battalion.
The battalion was part of 50 Independent Parachute Brigade during the 1948 India-pakistan War.
He was posted as an instructor at the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, in 1956. Later, he was selected to serve with the UN Emergency Force, Gaza, to supervise the withdrawal of Israeli forces.
He served in the NEFA sector from 1959 to 1962. On successful completion of Defence Services Staff College, he was posted as the Brigade Major to the 50 Independent Para Brigade.
THE 83-YEAR-OLD MAHA VIR CHAKRA AWARDEE WAS ALSO THE FORMER LT GOVERNOR OF PUDUCHERRY