Banwari Lal Bagaria

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Banwari Lal Bagaria

Banwari Lal Bagaria, Unit-04 Jat Regiment, died on 15 May 1999 in Kargil War . He is a Martyr of Kargil War from Rajasthan. He belonged to village Sigdola Chhota in Laxmangarh tehsil of Sikar district in Rajasthan.

He was in Unit-04 Jat Regiment of Indian Army. He along with Captain Saurabh Kalia of the Indian Army died during the Kargil War while being held as a prisoner of war by the Pakistani security forces.[1] He was one of five soldiers and Captain Saurabh Kalia whose patrolling team was captured alive and kept in captivity where they were Investigated.[2][3]

Martyr of Kargil War

On May 15, 1999 Saurabh Kalia along with five soldiers - Sepoys Arjun Ram, Banwari Lal Bagaria, Bhikha Ram Moondh, Moola Ram Bidiyasar and Naresh Singh Sinsinwar[4] of the 4 Jat Regiment had gone for a routine patrol of the Bajrang Post in the Kaksar sector in the rugged, treeless Ladakh mountains. After a continuous cross fire with Pakistan armed forces from across the LoC, he and his troops ran out of ammunition. They were finally encircled by a platoon of Pakistan rangers and captured alive before any Indian reinforcement could reach for their help. No trace of this entire patrol was left meanwhile Radio Skardu of Pakistan announced that Captain Saurabh Kalia had been captured by the Pakistani troops.[5][6] It was after this that India discovered hundreds of guerrillas had established fortified positions on the peaks of the hills deep inside the Indian side of the Line of control, with sophisticated equipment and supply lines back to Pakistan-controlled Kashmir.[7]

Captain Kalia and his men were in captivity for over twenty-two (May 15, 1999 – June 7, 1999) days and subjected to torture as evident from their bodies handed over by Pakistan Army on June 9, 1999.[8] The postmortem revealed that the Pakistan army had tortured their prisoners by burning their bodies with cigarettes, piercing ear-drums with hot rods, puncturing eyes before removing them, breaking most of the teeth and bones, fractures of the skull, cutting the lips, chipping of nose, chopping off limbs and private organs of these soldiers besides inflicting all sorts of physical and mental tortures and finally shooting them dead, as evidenced by the bullet wound to the temple. The postmortem report also confirmed that injuries were inflicted ante-mortem (before death)[9][10][11][12][13]

His family

Wife - Smt Santosh Dewi

"पाक क्रूरता के शिकार" पुस्तक में सिपाही बनवारीलाल बगड़िया पर लेख


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  1. "Pakistan `tortured Indians to death'". The Independent. 12 June 1999.
  2. "Pakistan `tortured Indians to death'". The Independent. 12 June 1999.
  3. Singh, Mohinder. Punjab 2000: Political and Socio-economic Developments. Anamika Pub & Distributors, 2001. ISBN 9788186565902.
  4. "Breach of Geneva Convention by Pak armed forces". Foreign Affairs Record 1999. Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.
  5. "Saurabh Kalia’s parents waging a lone battle to highlight war crimes". The Hindu.
  6. "War in Kargil". Frontline, The Hindu. June 5–18, 1999
  7. "Pakistan `tortured Indians to death'". The Independent. 12 June 1999
  8. "Saurabh Kalia’s parents waging a lone battle to highlight war crimes". The Hindu. Jul 6, 2009
  9. "Saurabh Kalia’s parents waging a lone battle to highlight war crimes". The Hindu. Jul 6, 2009
  10. "History in golden letters?". 12 February 2005.
  11. "Is this how we should remember Kargil?". Sify News.
  12. Sood, Ravinder (March 21, 2008). "Seven years, Captain Kalia’s family still waiting for justice".
  13. "Pakistan `tortured Indians to death'". The Independent. 12 June 1999.

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