KL NEWS NETWORK
Former Army Chief, Kotikalapudi Venkata Krishna Rao, better known as K V Krishna Rao, died on Saturday. He was 92.
He served Jammu and Kashmir as two-time Governor.
Rao was the 14th Chief of the Army Staff and had an illustrious career spanning over four decades in the force. He retired in 1983.
He was commissioned into the Army on August 9, 1942. As a young officer, he served in Burma, North West Frontier and Baluchistan during the Second World War.
During extensive Punjab disturbances in the run up to partition in 1947, he served both in East and West Punjab. He also participated in the 1947- 48 war against Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir. He was a founder Instructor of the National Defence Academy during 1949- 51.
He was awarded the Param Vishist Seva Medal for displaying outstanding leadership, courage, determination and drive during this war.
The JK government has announced three-day mourning beginning January 31. During this period, the national and state flags will fly half- mast and no official entertainment function will be held.
General Rao was the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir during 1989- 90.
According to Srinagar based human right s defender group, Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Societies (JKCCS), Rao’s second tenure witnessed 10 massacres:
10 April 1993: BSF kill 10 civilians and injured one
10 April 1993: BSF kill 6 civilians, injure 3
26 June 1993: ITBP kill four inmates in Jammu jail, injure 13
26 June 1993: Army kill 7 civilians, injure 13 in Muminabad
30 July 1993: Army kills 9 civilians, injures 3 others in Hangul-Buch Pulwama
14 August 1993: BSF kills 30 and injures 57 civilians
27 November 1993: Army kills 15 civilians during search operation, 7 injured
27 January 1994: Army kills 18 civilians, injures 39
19 March 1994: Army kills 6 civilians, injured 3 in Mahind.