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This day in '99 Capt Saurabh Kalia's patrol was engaged by Pakis in Kaksar. They fought back till the time they ran out of ammunition.
Remember, it was still the early days and the Indian Army were still looking to fix the numbers and extent of infiltration.
Surrounded, the men of 4 Jat - Lt Saurabh Kalia & Sepoys Arjun Ram, BhanwarLal Bagaria, Bhika Ram, Moola Ram and Naresh Singh were captured alive before Indian reinforcements could reach them.
Radio Skardu announced their capture some time later.
What followed was 22 days of inhuman torture that belies description, before their mortal remains were handed back to the Indian Army.
Their mutilated bodies was how the world saw the Kargil war begin.

Photo: Bodies of Lt Kalia and his men of 4 Jat.
The Bastards in Khaki tortured their bodies.
But they couldn't dim the glory of their martyrdom.

What irks is that to this day, no one has called it a war crime.
6 NLI was the Pakistan Army Battalion that was deployed in the area where Kalia and his men went missing.
Incidentally, 6 NLI lost 150 odd men in an avalanche at Gyari in 2012.
Nature delivered justice in its own way, something that has been denied otherwise to the families of the departed.
Hope the Balwan Jats are at peace wherever they are.
God bless their souls.
Here are the photos of all men who were last contacted alive this day in 1999.
Thanks @Aki_hitesh007 for sharing the same 🙏
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