India is pursuing with Pakistan the case of Captain Saurabh Kalia, who was
tortured and killed by Pakistani troops after being captured in the Kargil
sector in May 1999, Defence Minister A K Antony said today.
"We are handling it in an appropriate manner. We will pursue it and now we are
pursuing it with Pakistan," he told reporters here after laying a wreath at the
Amar Jawan Jyoti to commemorate the 41st anniversary of the Indian victory in
the 1971 war with Pakistan.
The Minister was asked if India was pushing for a probe by Pakistan into the
death of Captain Kalia.
Captain Kalia's father N K Kalia has taken up the case with the United Nations
Human Rights Commission for a direction to Pakistan to probe the death of his
He has also filed a plea in the Supreme Court to direct the government to take
up the case of his son's torture at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at
the Hague. The Supreme Court had on Friday sought response from the Centre on N
K Kalia's plea.
However, India is not in favour of taking the matter to ICJ as it feels that it
was a bilateral issue and it has always maintained that there should be
"non-interference" by ICJ in "bilateral or internal" matters.
"And this (Kalia issue) is obviously a bilateral matter between India and
Pakistan and, therefore, the position we have taken in ICJ for a very, very good
reason," External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has said.
He stressed that India should not give up that position "lightly" as "it will
cost us a great deal".
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 them to brutal torture which was evident from their bodies
that were handed over by the Pakistan Army to India on June 9, 1999.
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