‘Wish I had another son for Army’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Feb 2018 08:52:19



THE mother of Captain Kapil Kundu, one of the four soldiers killed in Pakistani shelling in Jammu and Kashmir, said on Monday that she was anguished over the killings but if she had another son, she would have asked him to join the Army. Twenty-two-year-old Captain Kapil Kundu, who was killed in heavy Pakistani shelling along the LoC in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir, was to visit home on his birthday.

Capt Kundu, a resident of Ransika village near Pataudi in Haryana’s Gururgram district, would have turned 23 on February 10. The young Army Captain was among the four Army personnel who were killed on Sunday in heavy Pakistani
shelling along the LoC in Poonch and Rajouri districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

A pall of gloom descended at his village. His mother, Sunita, who was struggling to hold back her tears said his son loved an adventurous life. Sunita Kundu, 52, said her son always lived for the nation and was very happy after joining the Army.

“We urge the government to conduct more surgical strikes on Pakistan to avenge the deaths of martyrs. Had my son lived for another 15-20 years, he would have done more for his nation,” said Sunita.
Kundu was just six days short of his 23rd birthday on February 10. He was killed in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district on Sunday evening along with three other soldiers -- Riflemen Ramavatar, 28, Subham Singh, 22, and Havilder Roshan Lal, 42.

The Pakistan Army fired five or six anti-tank guided missiles, at least one of which hit the bunker in which the soldiers were positioned. “I had spoken to Kapil (Kundu) around 1 p.m. on Sunday over phone. He said that everything was fine and he would be visiting home to give a surprise to our mother on his birthday,” said Sonia, the elder sister of the slain officer.

His family lives in Ransika village near Pataudi, some 33 km from Gurugram, in Haryana. Kundu joined the Army after making it through the National Defence Academy (NDA). According to his cousin Tarif Kundu, Captain Kundu loved writing poetry and was hailed as a hero by youngsters from nearby villages.