New Delhi, July 26: Father of Captain Saurabh Kalia, who lost his life in Kargil War, has alleged that his son gave up his life but no concrete action has been taken with regard to declaring his death a war crime and the guilty be punished as per the rulings of the Geneva Conventions. The conventions deal with international law for humanitarian treatment during the war. Kalia was captured, along with five other Indian soldiers, and was kept as a Prisoner of War by Pakistani troops who tortured them before killing them and handing over the bodies to India. “Then PM, Defence Minister and External Affairs Minister had promised that the issue (Capt Saurabh Kalia’s death in captivity and punishing the guilty) will be taken up with Pakistan and at international level but till now, no concrete action has been taken,”ANI reported NK Kalia as saying.
In 2017, the Himachal Pradesh chapter of ex-servicemen league had urged the Centre to move the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the case. The league’s HP chapter chief Major (retired) Vijay Singh Mankotia said Kalia’s case be taken to the ICJ, the UN’s highest judicial body, to get justice on the lines of Kulbhushan Jadhav.
The ICJ at the Hague stayed the execution awarded to Jadhav in Pakistan after a military court summarily convicted him of espionage and engaging in subversive activities after India knocked its doors. Likewise, Mankotia said, the Indian ex-servicemen league and the family of Captain Kalia had made this demand to the previous governments but did not hear anything positive about it. It must be noted that during the 1999 Kargil conflict, Kalia was tortured by his Pakistani captors who later handed over his mutilated body to India.
(With PTI inputs)