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Bodies of six Indian soldiers are without their Vital Parts

10 June 1999
India Today

Kargil: A tale of barbarism of the Pakistani army has unfolded with the handing over of bodies of six Indian soldiers, which were without their vital parts. "Their eyeballs have been dug out, the noses, ears and genitals chopped off," a senior defence official told agencies here, expressing shock and anguish.

"We have never heard of any such treatment meted out to army personnel, who wage a battle for their motherland, in the history of armed conflicts between the two countries," he said. "This is a gift by Pakistan to India a few days before its Foreign Minister Sartaj Aziz"s visit to New Delhi to discuss the Kargil situation," the military official said.

The bodies including that of Lt S Kalia, which were handed over to Indian authorities at post number 43 near here, also bore several cigarette burns showing the barbaric and inhuman manner in which they were tortured and killed, the officer said, adding the corpses would be flown either to Srinagar or Delhi later.

Lt. Kalia and his men were part of the first patrol which went to Kaksar area following reports of incursion by Pakistani infiltrators into the Indian side of Line of Control (LoC) and were never seen since then. Defence sources had earlier said they had been ambushed by the infiltrators in the area.

The military officer recalled that in the 1971 war the Indian army had captured over 95,000 Pakistani soldiers on the eastern sector who were handed back to Islamabad unharmed.

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