If I had another son, I would send him too to the Army: Mother of officer killed in Pakistani ceasefire violation in Kashmir

Captain Kapil Kundu was killed when the Pakistani forces opened unprovoked firing and shelling along the LoC in Rajouri district on Sunday.  

Gurugram: The mother of Captain Kapil Kundu, who was killed in Pakistani shelling in Jammu and Kashmir, said on Monday that if she had another son, she would have asked him to join the Army.

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," the young captain's said.

"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 the country is supreme," she added, as per PTI.

"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. 

"I had spoken to Kapil (Kundu) around 1 pm on Sunday over the 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).

Kundu was six days short of his 23rd birthday on the day he was killed when the Pakistani forces opened unprovoked firing and shelling along the LoC in the Bhimbher Gali sector of Rajouri district on Sunday evening. He would have turned 23 on February 10, 2018.

Besides Kundu, Havildar Roshan Lal, 42, a resident of Samba district, Jammu and Kashmir, Riflemen Ramavatar, 27, of Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, and Subham Singh, 23, of J&K's Kathua district were also killed in the shelling.

Meanwhile, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat on Monday paid homage to Captain Kundu. 

The mortal remains of the officer was flown to Delhi in a Dornier aircraft. Sitharaman paid respects by laying a wreath on the Tricolour-wrapped coffin, which was laid at the Palam Air Force Base after the aircraft reached around 6:20 pm on Monday.

His body was later carried in an ambulance, on way to his Ransika village. Kundu is survived by his mother and sisters Sonia and Kajal.

On the other hand, the Army on Sunday clearly indicated it would take retaliatory action against the killing of four soldiers, 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.

(With Agency inputs)

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