Niazi`s Mercedes held by Army`s East Command

A Mercedez Benz India got as `war booty` from then East Pakistan army commander Lt Gen AAK Niazi following the liberation of Bangladesh in 1971 is very much with Indian Army`s Kolkata-based Eastern Command.

Last Updated: Nov 18, 2010, 22:32 PM IST

New Delhi: A Mercedez Benz India got as `war booty` from then East Pakistan army commander Lt Gen AAK Niazi following the liberation of Bangladesh in 1971 is very much with Indian Army`s Kolkata-based Eastern Command and it has not gone missing.

The car, which had been brought to Fort William after the surrender by Pakistani troops in Dhaka, is held by the Eastern Command headquarters, Army officials said here on Thursday in the wake of media report that the Merc had gone missing and was feared to have been scrapped.

The Mercedes Benz was used as the staff car of Lt Gen AAK Niazi and he had driven it down to Dhaka airport with now retired Lt Gen JFR Jacob to receive then Indian Eastern Army Commander Lt Gen JS Aurora, before whom the historic surrender was signed on December 16, 1971.
After the vehicle was brought to Fort William, the car was being used till recently as the staff car of the Indian Army`s Eastern Command chiefs.
"The car is very much held in the charge of the Eastern Command headquarters and the media report that it has gone missing and that it has been sold to a scrap dealer are false and baseless," the officials said.

PTI