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Will support Captain Saurabh Kalia's parents: Bikram Singh

Posted on Nov 29, 04:08PM | IBNS

Army Chief General Bikram Singh on Thursday said Kargil martyr Captain Saurabh Kalia was a 'brave soldier' and expressed support towards his parents.

"He was a brave soldier. During the Kargil war, he made the ultimate sacrifice in the best traditions of the armed forces in the line of duty," Singh told reporters here.

"We have written our concerns regarding the matter to the Ministry of Defence and to the National Human Rights Commission," he said.

"We are going to fully support his parents," he said.

The Indian government on Tuesday called "completely unacceptable" the capture and subsequent torture of Captain Kalia in 1999 by Pakistan and said it would do "whatever is possible" to ensure justice.

"Whatever is possible would be done but I do not want to give you a commitment now of any nature of what is possible or what is being done...This is a matter we have taken up at the highest level over the years and we have not yet been able to get adequate stands of the matter being addressed, that is absolutely true," said External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid.

The statement came after Captain Kalia's father moved Supreme Court seeking its direction to the Union Government to take up his son's case at the International Court of Justice.

Captain Kalia, of the 4 Jat Regiment, was the first army officer to report the incursion by the Pakistani Army on Indian soil and was one of the five soldiers taken captive by Pakistani troops in May 1999.

The army men were tortured for weeks before being killed and the mutilated bodies were handed over to the Indian authorities in June.