Kargil Vijay Diwas: Father's fight is on; son's eyes were punctured and genitals cut off

New Delhi, July 26, News24 Bureau:  On the occasion of Vijay Diwas which celebrates India's victory in the 1999 Kargil War, the father of Captain Saurabh Kalia who died when he was tortured in captivity in Pakistan has been demanding justice for his son. He says the PM, Defence Minister & External Affairs Minister had promised that the issue of Capt Kalia's death would be taken up with Pakistan and at the international level but till now no concrete action has been taken.Said NK Kalia, "We had to move Supreme Court, We understand this is an issue between two nations, I am optimistic in nature and will continue the fight. This issue about the dignity & honour of our armed forces."Captain Saurabh Kalia along with Sepoys Arjunram Baswana, Mula Ram Bidiasar, Naresh Singh Sinsinwar, Bhanwar Lal Bagaria and Bhika Ram Mudh of 4 Jat Regiment were among the early casualties during the 1999 Kargil war. The brave Indian soldiers were captured by Pakistani troops during a reconnaissance patrol in the treacherous mountainous terrain in May 1999, brutally tortured and killed.In what was seen as a gross violation of the Geneva Convention the cruel Pakistani Army subjected Captain Kalia and his soldiers to horrendous torture during which the bravehearts’ ear drums were pierced with hot iron rods, eyes punctured and genitals cut off. The autopsy of the bodies also revealed that they were burned with cigarettes butts. Their limbs were also chopped off, teeth broken and skull fractured during the torture. Even their nose and lips were cut off.But even after such incriminating evidence the Indian government is yet to take Pakistan to task. In a huge blow to the martyrs, the Central government has refused to move the International Court of Justice against the treatment meted out to the war heroes.