New Delhi: India asked Pakistan to take action against those who were responsible for the death of Captain Saurabh Kalia in Kargil in 1999. However, Rehman Malik created controversy by claiming he is unsure whether the Kargil martyr was killed by a Pakistani bullet or the weather.
Within minutes of landing in New Delhi, Malik set off a storm with his comment on the case of Captain Kalia, who, along with others in his team, was brutally tortured and killed during the Kargil war.
While the Supreme Court has issued a notice to the government on the plea of Captain Kalia's father to raise the issue in the International Court of Justice, Malik, who is meeting the prime minister on Saturday, said, "when a fight is going on in the border, we really do not know whether he (Captain Kalia) died of a Pakistani bullet or weather, " reported CNN-IBN.
Pakistan has consistently denied torture, and blamed bad weather, and a fall inside a crevice, for the death of Captain Kalia and 5 jawans in May, 1999.
During the Indo-Pak Home Minister-level talks, India raised the issue of Kalia, who was captured by the Pakistani forces in Kargil sector in May 1999 and subsequently his mutilated body was returned to India.
It comes in the backdrop of Kalia's father N K Kalia moving the United Nation's Human Right Commission in Geneva on December 7 demanding justice for his son.
Capt Kalia of 4 Jat regiment had led the first team which reported intrusion in the Kargil Sector by the Pakistani soldiers. During the reconnaissance, he along with five others were captured.
After 20 days, their severely mutilated bodies were handed over to India. The autopsy report revealed extreme ante-mortem torture which included cigarette burns, piercing of ear drums with hot iron rods and amputated vital organs.
The Supreme Court on Friday sought response from the Centre on Capt Kalia's father's plea seeking its direction to the government for raising the case of his son's torture at the hands of Pakistan Army at the International Court of Justice.
With inputs from PTI