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Kargil martyr Capt Saurabh Kalia’s family fighting an uphill battle to highlight war crimes against Indian soldiers

Posted by jagoindia on July 7, 2009


They were barbarically tortured for weeks before being killed. Their mutilated bodies were handed over to Indian authorities June 9, 1999.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

10 years on, Kargil martyr’s family still fighting a ‘battle’

Palampur (Himachal Pradesh): Capt Saurabh Kalia, the first to report Pakistani incursion in Kargil in 1999, was taken captive by the Pakistani troops and a few weeks later his mutilated body was handed over to Indian authorities. Ten years on, the martyr’s parents fight a lone battle to highlight war crimes against their son and other Indian soldiers.

N.K. Kalia and his wife Vijaya, who have settled in this town in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, have been waging a war to highlight Pakistani violations of human rights and brutalities committed on their son, Saurabh Kalia, and other soldiers during the Kargil war in 1999.

Saurabh Kalia of 4 Jat Regiment, who was the first army officer to report incursion by the Pakistani army on Indian soil had along with five soldiers – Sepoys Arjun Ram, Bhanwar Lal Bagaria, Bhika Ram, Moola Ram and Naresh Singh  gone for a routine patrol of the Bajrang Post in the Kaksar sector when they were taken captive by the Pakistani troops May 15, 1999.

They were barbarically tortured for weeks before being killed. Their mutilated bodies were handed over to Indian authorities June 9, 1999.

“Of course, his supreme sacrifice has made us proud, but what has exhausted, disappointed and dejected us is that the nation for which he has sacrificed his life least bothered to highlight the plight of war crimes at the international fora,” N.K. Kalia, 61, a retired senior scientist from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, told IANS.

“We have been shuttling between various government offices and organisations with the hope of highlighting the plight of the war victims. The Indian government has failed to deliver justice as it has forgotten atrocities meted out on six heroes. For days, they were tortured. Their limbs were chopped and bodies burnt,” rued Kalia.

“Though the then Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the centre expressed concern over the heinous crime and promised to take up the issue at the international level, in all these years the issue got diluted,” he recalled.

“Even today our only demand is that it should keep its promise so that no POWs (prisoners of war) could face Saurabh’s fate. Had this happened to any American or Israeli soldier, the culprits would have been brought to justice.”

Vijaya, who runs an LPG agency allotted by the Indian Oil Corporation to honour his martyrdom, asked: “Is this the way the government treats its heroes?”

To highlight the plight of the war victims, Saurabh Kalia’s father has started an online signature campaign.

“The pain of losing a young son is hard to describe in words. But we feel contended with the fact that many citizens have supported us through online signature campaign. Till date more than 13,000 people have put up their signatures,” N.K. Kalia said.

Saurabh Kalia, who was posted in Kargil as his first posting after passing out of the Indian Military Academy, did not even live long enough to receive his first pay packet as an officer.

Today, his photographs, his uniforms, shoes and mementoes are kept in his room, which has been named ‘Saurabh Smriti Kaksha’ (a museum), in the Kalias’ four-bedroom house in the serene hills of Palampur.

The Himachal Pradesh government as a mark of respect has raised ‘Saurabh Van Vihar’ in a sprawling area of 35 acres here besides renaming a street in the town as Capt Saurabh Kalia Marg. A nursing college in the proposed Vivekanand Medical Research Trust Hospital here is being raised in martyr’s memory.

Source: IANS

7 Responses to “Kargil martyr Capt Saurabh Kalia’s family fighting an uphill battle to highlight war crimes against Indian soldiers”

  1. the most disappionting thing is that government and people of india have forgotten the sacrifises of these heroes….in my eyes they are the real heroes and because of them we are sitting safely in our houses and because of them india is developing….and i pay my salute and gratitude to these heroes…and being an indian i urge the indian population to remember these soldiers ATLEAST once a year….

  2. WAR CRIME:

    The detailed report of this war crime of Pakistan, in which Sri Lt. Saurabh Kaliaji and five sepoys Sri Arjun Ramji, Sri Bhanwar Lal Bagariaji, Sir Bhikha Ramji, Sri Moola Ramji and Sri Naresh Singhji were tortured and mutilated stepwise to death against all international human right laws and war laws, must be written in all the Indian languages, from Kashmiri till Assamese.

    The text must be added in the school books, and the report must be published perodically in all the regional and national newspapers (in print and online) of India. The report should be distributed free of cost in every village, from Kashmir to Manipur.

    This report of war crime must be translated in all the foreign languages. It must be published internationally (in print and online). Pakistan must accept this war crime and pay apology to the families of six.

    Anant Kumar, Magister(Author)
    German Writers Association
    http://www.anant-kumar.de
    Son of Late Prof. Major Rajendra Prasad
    Kassel-Germany/Motihari-India

  3. As we all are aware that justice delayed is justice denied,in the case Lt. Saurabh Kalia’s death as a martyr showed what traditions and values does Pakistan Army comprise of and how do we keep on waiting for Pak to make our country bleed through thousand cuts, we must realize as a nation together we cannot all fight directly to the government but we can surely do our bit by ensuring in which ever field we work, we must ensure our moral values to direct us and not let any thing happen of such sort this way we all together can root out these prevailing evils of society.

  4. abhinand said

    i feel proud in their extreme sacrifice and what they did for the nation and for the coming generation.

  5. Shikha vyas said

    people always give preference to Bollywood stars and ministers nobody keep remember to these brave soldiers in my opinion they are the real heroes just because of them we are living safely. we should give preference more than any other person….

  6. Brindula said

    I salute dearest SAurabh(THE KARGIL HERO),his great parents and all his family members.God must bless all parents with sons like Saurabh.I am proud to be associated with you all.II can’t forget his parents words,WE DO NOT REGRET HIS DEATH.HE GAVE HIS LIFE FOR MOTHER INDIA.WE ARE PROUD OF HIM.But i am afraid govt. has forgotten his sacrifice.Shame on them……………
    Brindula Karol
    Mother’s Touch

  7. br said

    It is my prayer and hope that the people who inflicted this, their sons, grandsons if any, wives, uncles, fathers, grandfathers if alive, daughters, sisters, brothers, entire families for two generations on either side be killed in similar manner by somebody.
    Their genes must be wiped out of the earth, and not nicely.

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