Avenge the death of martyrs: Captain Kapil Kundu's mother
Captain Kapil Kundu's mother wants the govt to conduct another surgical strike on Pakistan
Captain Kapil Kundu (top left), Havildar Roshan (top right), Rifleman Ramavatar (bottom left) and Rifleman Subham Singh, who were killed in cross-border shelling by Pakistan in Rajouri district. Pic/PTI
Captain Kapil Kundu, who would have turned 23 this Saturday, always believed that it was more important for life to be large, rather than long. And the valiant youngster from Gurgaon's Ransika village, who sacrificed his life braving Pakistani shelling, followed his belief with action. Hundreds gathered here to pay their last respects to him.
Sunita Kundu, 52, said her son always lived for the nation and was very happy after joining the Army. "Kapil always said life should be large and not long. He was my brave son and I am a proud mother whose son has made the supreme sacrifice for our country. If I had one more son, I would send him too for national duty in the Indian Army," Sunita said. "We urge the government to conduct a surgical strike on Pakistan and avenge such incidents. Had my son lived another 15-20 years, he would have done more for his nation. I believe his life will not go waste," said Sunita.
Kundu was just six days short of his 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. A pall of gloom descended on his village. Sunita, who was struggling to hold back her tears said her son loved an adventurous life. She said, "Kapil was to visit us on his birthday on February 10. He always used to surprise me and tell his sisters first about his visit. He used to share everything with them," she said, adding he had visited the family in November last year.
"He was fond of life and full of adventure. He loved nature. He used to write poetry to express his feelings for his country. He always used to say country is supreme," Sunita said. On Facebook, Captain Kundu had posted this quote as his favourite, "Run. If you cannot, then walk. If you cannot, then crawl. But do not stop until you achieve your goal."
Army hints at action
The Army yesterday clearly indicated it would take retaliatory action against the killing of the four army men, saying that its action would speak for itself. Vice chief Lt Gen Sarath Chand said the Army has been responding appropriately to Pakistan shelling, asserting that India will continue to give a "befitting reply" to such acts. "That (retaliation) goes without saying, I think I don't have to say that. (Our) action will speak for itself," he said when asked about the killing.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh said earlier that Indians had full faith in the valour of the Army. "People of the country have full faith in the valour of the Indian Army," he told reporters when asked about the steps India would take in response to the attack.
4 No. of army men killed in the Pakistani shelling on Sunday in Rajouri
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