Army has written to MoD, NHRC about Capt Kalia


Army Chief General Bikram Singh on Thursday said parents of Captain Sourabh Kalia, an infantry officer of the 4 Jat Regiment killed in the Kargil conflict, had the support of the Army, which Gen Singh said has written to the Ministry of Defence and the National Human Rights Commission about the matter.

Captain Kalia's parents, who have been alleging that Pakistani forces brutally killed him after torture in contravention to the Geneva Convention on prisoners of war, have moved the Supreme Court seeking a direction to the government to take up the matter with the International Court of Justice in the Hague.

General Singh said, "The Indian Army supports parents of Captain Sourabh Kalia. He was a brave officer and made the ultimate sacrifice living up to the best tradition of duty in the Indian Armed Forces. We have shown our concern over the matter. We have written to the Ministry of Defence and the National Human Rights Commission. The Indian Army operates through the Government of India and we have given our recommendations to the MoD."

The Army Chief was talking to reporters after reviewing the Passing out Parade of the 123rd course of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla.

Pakistan, meanwhile, has been denying Kalia and his men were tortured.

The Army Chief, replying to queries on reported re-drawing of plans of a mountain strike force, and the ongoing military build-up along the China border said, "We are preparing our borders because that is our task and a Constitutional obligation (on us). The work is being done as it is an operational requirement and we are getting government support. The build-up is about capability building and not pointed at any particular nation."

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