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Parents of tortured Kargil martyr to knock on SC doors

Posted on Nov 28, 07:24PM | UNI

Showing resentment over the indifferent attitude of the Indian Government, the parents of a tortured Kargil martyr seeking justice for the war crime committed against him have now decided to knock on the doors of Supreme court after making a futile attempt to raise issue before the International Court of Justice.

Vijaya Kalia, mother of the 1999 Kargil conflict martyr Captain Saurabh Kalia, lamented that a soldier who wants to die with valour after taking the bullet in his chest could not expect that their beloved nation would allow them to be tortured barbarically for days by the enemy.

Her husband N K Kalia, a retired senior scientist from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, told UNI that they are resolved to deliver justice to the Kargil heroes.

Moreover they did not want any soldier 'to suffer the way our son did at the hands of Pakistani troops,' he said.

For the past 13 years, the ill-fated couple was seeking justice for their son Capt Saurabh and five other soldiers, whose mutilated bodies were handed over to the Indian authorities by Pakistan after weeks of gruesome torture.

'We just want that the people behind the inhuman torture should be identified and exemplary punishment be meted out to them so that in future no soldier, anywhere in the world, should go through what my son and his colleagues underwent,' said the martyr's father.

'The Indian government has failed to give justice to the families of those soldiers who were victims of war crime,' said Capt Saurabh's father.

Capt Saurabh of the 4 Jat Regiment, was the first army officer to report the incursion by the Pakistani Army on Indian soil. He and five soldiers - Arjun Ram, Bhanwar Lal Bagaria, Bhika Ram, Moola Ram and Naresh Singh - were on a patrol at the Bajrang Post in the Kaksar sector of Jammu and Kashmir when they were taken captive by Pakistani troops on May 15, 1999.