India pays homage to Kargil martyrs on 20th anniversary

India remembered its fallen soldiers killed in 1999 war with Pakistan in northern Jammu and Kashmir's Kargil on its 20th anniversary on Friday

Forces lit eternal flame

Indian Army, Navy and Air Force chiefs paid floral tributes and lighted eternal flame for the soldiers in the Dras sector, which was at the centre of most of the conflict.


What happened 20 years ago?

On July 26, 1999, the Indian armed forces defeated Pakistan at the heights of Batalik, Kargil, and Drass sectors in Jammu and Kashmir.

Nearly 500 Indian soldiers died on the snow-capped peaks of Kargil in the campaign to oust hundreds of infiltrators from Pakistan in the summer of 1999.


Captain Saurabh Kalia, 5 other soldiers killed brutally

Parents of an Indian soldier, Captain Saurabh Kalia who was captured on May 15, 1999, by Pakistan Army during patrolling along with five other soldiers, remembered their son.

He was killed while being held as a Prisoner of War in Pakistan and many ante-mortem injuries, indicating torture, were found on their bodies.

Pakistan denied torturing the six soldiers and also refused India's demand to punish the guilty.

Captain Saurabh Kalia's father, N. K. Kalia said that he wished that the then Indian government had taken as much action with such intent in 1999 as in the case of Wing Commander Abhinandan who Pakistan released back to India.


President went to pay tribute

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind also paid tribute in Jammu and Kashmir's capital, Srinagar after he could not land in Dras due to bad weather.