Palampur: Suppressing his deep sorrow, a father is striving hard to get justice for his son who laid down his life for the nation with a smile, but the Indian government has still not woken up to his plight. No initiative has been taken by the government for action against the guilty for the extreme brutality meted out to the Indian soldiers by the Pakistan Army.

NK Kalia, the father of Captain Saurabh Kalia, who was tortured and killed by the Pakistani army in custody, says, “I am proud of my son and his five colleagues who served the nation till their last breath. I have preserved his memories in his room, some images have been saved in laptop and the February and March pages of his diary. These pages are my way of keeping in touch with him.”

 “Sometimes these pages raise certain questions. For example, on February 19, 1999, Saurabh has written about heavy bombardment at the Tekri Post. Also, the firing was regular from February to March. On February 20, the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was destined to visit Lahore,” he added.

According to Kalia, retired as senior scientist from Centre for Biotechnology Institute, the Kargil war is often attributed to failure of the intelligence network, but the question arises that whether the army officers had told the top leadership of the country about the intruders gathering at the border? Some are of the view that the Pakistani infiltrators had already taken their positions at the border.

Kalia has asked, “Did the spirit of friendship with Lahore prevail over the Kargil pain?”

Kalia has also questioned the decision of sending Saurabh Kalia (then Lieutenant) along with four soldiers for patrolling the border. 

He said, “Five people were not enough to carry out the operation with sufficient arms and ammunition.”

The book penned by General VP Malik also confirmed the fact in which he has mentioned the missing incident of Saurabh and five other soldiers of 4, Jat regiment in Kaksar on May 15, 1999 and about receiving their mutilated bodies on June 8, 1999 handed over by the Pakistan army. The book also mentions of a 30 soldiers team headed by Lieutenant Amit Bharadwaj being sent in search of the missing party.

The plight of the struggling father does not end here as he continues, “I received letters from the then Defence Minister and External Affairs Minister expressing condolence, calling me a brave father but no one promised to take a strict action against the inhuman treatment meted to the soldiers by the Pakistan army.”
According to Kalia, the Defence Minister in his last line of the letter had written: “It is the policy of the Indian government that all the issues related to Pakistan will be solved on bilateral basis. I hope that you will understand the situation.”

Similarly, the then External Affairs Minister had written, “We had raised the issue in 56th session of the Human Rights Commission on April 6, 2000 but there was no satisfactory reply from Pakistan and we will again raise the issue in future.”

JPN/Bureau