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Saurabh Kalia: SC notice to Centre on father's plea

December 14, 2012 12:47 IST

The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to Centre on Kargil hero Saurabh Kalia's father's plea to take up his son's torture case at International Court of Justice.

Dr N K Kalia, father of Captain Kalia, has filed a petition before the United Nations Human Rights Commission demanding justice for his son, who was allegedly captured and brutally killed by the Pakistani army during the war in 1999.

Dr Kalia, a retired scientist, has in his petition to the apex court earlier contended that the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Home Affairs should ask International Court of Justice to expose the ''torture'' that resulted in the death of Captain Kalia and his fellow soldiers.

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.

Dr Kalia, who has been shuttling from Ministry of Defence to army headquarters and the Ministry of External Affairs, and to the Prime Minister's Office in the past 13 years, 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.

Immediately after getting commissioned into the 4-Jat Regiment of the Indian Army, Captain 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.

Source: ANI