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Indian Army refuses to give info about Kargil war victims

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    It has been over 13 years since the Kargil war took place but Indian Army is still not ready to share details of its officers who were tortured and killed by Pakistani Army.

    The Indian Army refused to part away with the information to RTI activist SC Agrawal who had sought names and ranks of Indian soldiers who were allegedly killed after being tortured by Pakistani Army during the Kargil war in 1999.

    But Indian Army refused to give any detail. “Information is exempted from disclosure under Section 8 (1) (a) of the RTI Act 2005,†said Army’s reply to Agrawal.

    The said section exempts disclosure of any information which would prejudicially affect the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security, strategic, scientific or economic interests of the State, relation with foreign State or lead to incitement of an offence.

    Agrawal, who was miffed with response, said he is “not able to understand how simply revealing names and ranks of other Indian soldiers who were killed after being tortured by Pakistani army like was done with Saurabh Kalia could affect sovereignty, integrity, security or strategy of Indiaâ€.

    “Rather the information I am seeking is of great public-interest as matter of similar ones like Saurabh Kalia tortured by Pakistani army should also have been dealt with in the same manner both at national and internationsl levels like has been done in case of Saurabh Kalia. I will pursue the case until they provide the information,†Agrawal told DNA.

    He had also sought details regarding case of Indian Army’s Captain Saurabh Kalia whose body was given back to India in a mutilated condition by Pakistan at the height of the Kargil War.

    During the Kargil war, Captain Kalia and five other soldiers were caught by the Pakistan Army, which kept them in captivity. They were subjected to brutal torture as evident from their bodies. India had also raised the issue with Pakistan.

    Prominent RTI Activist Shekhar Singh also voiced his surprise over Army’s refusal.

    “It is impossible to imagine that information about those tortured and killed would affect India’s national security. Even if the Army is refusing to give the information, they are required by RTI Act and by judgements of high Court to give explanation behind doing so. Only stating exemption section is not enough,†Singh told DNA.

    “There cannot be a blanket refusal. They can expunge parts of information which they think could be of problem,†he added.


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