India's first Field Marshal Manekshaw seriously ill

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Wellington, Jun 26: Field Marshal Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw is seriously ill and is undergoing treatment at a military hospital in Wellington. According to sources, a special medical team and experts from Delhi are looking after 94-year-old Manekshaw, who has been undergoing treatment in the hospital here for the last few months.

Military hospital sources said that Manekshaw is suffering from "acute broncho pneumonia" with associated complications and his condition is serious for the past four days. Most of his immediate family members are present here, sources added. The eighth Chief of the Army Staff, who led the Indian Army during the 1971 operations against Pakistan, which led to the creation of Bangladesh and the surrender of more than 90000 Pakistanis in East Pakistan, was India's first Field Marshal and was endearingly called 'Sam Bahadur'.


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