Such a brave man was Captain Saurabh Kalia that even his body was burnt with cigarettes, eyes punctures n removed, teeth n bones broken, private body parts n organs chopped off, still he didn’t reveal anything in the interrogation done by the Pakistani army during Kargil war. The parents of this brave man still crying foul for the justice.
Saurabh Kalia with five other soldiers of his patrolling team was captured alive and kept in captivity in Pakistan where they were tortured and their bodies mutilated. After just two weeks of being posted first time, he was captured and tormented brutally. Captain Kalia and his patrolling team were the first one to help India discover that hundreds of guerrillas had established fortified positions on the peaks of the hills deep inside the Indian side of the Line of control, with sophisticated equipment and supply lines.
Captain Kalia and his men were in captivity for over twenty-two (May 15, 1999 – June 7, 1999) days and subjected to torture as evident from their bodies handed over by Pakistan Army on June 9, 1999. The postmortem revealed that the Pakistan army had tortured their prisoners by burning their bodies with cigarettes, piercing ear-drums with hot rods, puncturing eyes before removing them, breaking most of the teeth and bones, fractures of the skull, cutting the lips, chipping of nose, chopping off limbs and private organs of these soldiers besides inflicting all sorts of physical and mental tortures and finally shooting them dead, as evidenced by the bullet wound to the temple. The postmortem report also confirmed that injuries were inflicted ante-mortem (before death).
On June 9, 1999, NK Kalia (Saurabh Kalia’s father) had received the body of his son, Captain Saurabh Kalia, handed over by the Pakistani army to Indian army commanders at the Kargil sector, with evidence of torture. Since then, he has been fighting for the justice.
His father has been moving from pillar to post and has been approaching various national and international organizations to put pressure on Pakistan to identify, book and punish persons responsible for the inhuman and unpardonable crime of keeping his son in captivity for three weeks and subjecting to unprecedented brutal torture as evident from his body. But in spite of his great efforts he is yet to achieve a fruitful result.
Kalia’s brother, Vaibhav, now 25, identified his body when it arrived in a coffin wrapped in the national flag in Palampur. Saurabh’s face, he recalls, “was the size of my fingers, his eyebrows were the only visible feature, no eyes, no jaw, there were cigarette burns… it was very bad. My parents couldn’t have seen him.” Vaibhav pauses, then stops talking.
He does not mention that his brother’s eyes and eardrums were pierced, the private organs cut, his chest burned… the details are mentioned in the appeal that his father has sent out to Indian citizens in the last five years. Their father Dr N K Kalia, a senior scientist at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, has written to every important department in government, to the prime minister, to every embassy and consulate he could find addresses of, to take up the case of human rights violations and the flouting of the Geneva Convention by Pakistan.
Dr Kalia said that if such events had happened to an American or Israeli soldier then the culprits would have been hounded around the globe. Despite assurances from the government, the cases is still pending and his family plans to pursue the case till the end.
If we keep treating our great martyrs like this then who will sacrifice for this holy place called ‘India’ ? Many Indian soldiers give everything to this country, but get really nothing in return.
Some of the facts were taken from wikipedia.org