In wake of govt apathy, dead Kargil martyr's father moves Supreme Court for justice

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 27, 2012 08:30 hrs

The father of Kargil martyr Captain Saurabh Kalia, who was made captive and subjected to brutal torture by Pakistan Army in 1999, has asked the Supreme Court to direct the Union government to take up his son's case in a international judicial forum.

In his petition to the Supreme Court, retired scientist Dr. N. K. Kalia, has contended that the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) should ask International Court of Justice (ICJ) to expose the "torture" that resulted in Captain Kalia's death.

He has also asked the Indian Government to get Pakistan to apologise for the incident that went against all norms of the Geneva Convention related to incidents of war and capture of military personnel.

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said on Tuesday that he was not fully aware of the latest developments related to the case, but asked Dr. Kalia to approach the Ministry of Defence on the matter.

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting (Independent Charge) Manish Tewari said that the torture and tragic death of Captain Saurabh Kalia was one of the saddest events in independent India's history, and added that the government should extend whatever help it could to his parents for them to secure complete justice.

Dr N K Kalia, who retired from CSIR, has been shuttling from Ministry of Defence (MOD) to Army headquarters and the Ministry of External Affairs, and to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) in the past 13 years.

He wants the Indian Government to exert pressure on Pakistan to identify and punish those Pakistani soldiers who indulged in the barbaric torture of his son Captain Kalia.

Dr. Kalia has argued that the attitude of the Indian Government in not responding to various representations made by him for appropriate action against the Pakistan Government at the international forum, has forced him to approach the Supreme Court to bring justice to the Indian soldiers who were subject to war crimes by Pakistan.

Immediately after getting commissioned into the 4-Jat Regiment of the Indian Army, Saurabh Kalia was posted in the Kargil area.

In May 1999, Captain Kalia had gone out for patrol duty in Kaksar area of Kargil along with five other soldiers - Sepoys Arjunram Baswana, Mula Ram Bidiasar, Naresh Singh Sinsinwar, Bhanwar Lal Bagaria and Bhika Ram Mudh. They were caught by the Pakistan Army, which kept them in captivity for over 22 days and subjected to brutal torture as evident from their bodies handed over by the Pakistan Army on June 9, 1999.

Parts of their body were burnt with cigarettes, eyes were gouged out before puncturing, teeth and bones were broken and various limbs and private organs of these soldiers were chopped off. (ANI)

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