February 4 turned out to be a sad day for not only a widowed mother and a young sister, but for the entire nation as well. In an unprovoked cross-border shelling by the Pakistani army, a young Indian army officer, along with three soldiers, got martyred along the Line of Control (LoC) in Tarkundi and Sunderbani areas of Kashmir’s Rajouri district. Captain Kapil Kundu, who is from Ransika village of Gurugram district, Haryana, was martyred just short of his 23rd birthday.
The unprovoked firing from the neighboring country included small arms, automatics, mortars and missiles from 1530 hours in BG sector along the Line of Control (LoC). Official sources told news agency GNS that Pakistani army violated ceasefire and opened fire at 15 Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAK LI) posts at Bhimber Gali sector resulting in the killing of four army men, including an officer.
The martyred jawans who have been identified along with Captain Kapil Kundu were 42-year-old Havildar Roshan Lal, a resident of Samba district, 27-year-old Riflemen Ramavatar from Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, and Rifleman Subham Singh (23) from J&K’s Kathua district.
We pay our tribute to Captain Kapil Kundu, Rifleman Ramavatar, Subham Singh & Havaldar Roshan Lal who lost their lives in ceasefire violation by Pakistan in BG sector of #Rajouri district yesterday pic.twitter.com/QTl7h3ikfL
— MumbaiCongress (@INCMumbai) February 5, 2018
Captain Kapil Kundu is survived by his mother and a young sister.
The supreme sacrifice made by these four soldiers was grieved by the entire nation. Many poured out their hearts on social media.
Captain Kapil Kundu was to celebrate his 23rd birthday on 10th February …
No words for this loss … difficult not to express my anger & not ask for revenge https://t.co/44Gnh4s8R7
— Pawan Durani (@PawanDurani) February 4, 2018
Take a good look at this Young man. Capt Kapil Kundu , 6 days short of his 23rd b’day. Martyred in Rajouri yesterday. Also know only a soldier and his family know the true cost of war. #RIP pic.twitter.com/pwJRVesY0R
— Shreya Dhoundial (@shreyadhoundial) February 5, 2018
Captain Kapil Kundu 23 https://t.co/95vlujt8SK long such martyring will prevail? What we have problems in taking war mode to wage war against this dirty satan Pak?
— Rabindra Kumar Jha (@rkjha111) February 5, 2018
the way u have taken bold decision like #Demonetisation# GST, why we are not taking any step on Pakistan# otherwise they don’t dare to kill now and than our Jawan and let us feeble #RIP Captain Kapil Kundu#
— Rahul Maliwal (@maliwal_rahul) February 5, 2018
.Martyr Capt Kapil Kundu was to turn 23 on this 10th Feb & earned rank (from Lt) only 05 days ago, was serving with JAKLI whn laid life along with 03 othr soldiers aftr Pakistan fired anti-tank guided missile #ATGM on Indian forward post pic.twitter.com/QPLwL9rsjg
— Neeraj Rajput (@neeraj_rajput) February 5, 2018
The Indian Army paid huge condolences to the family of the brave soldiers who lost their dear ones.
General Bipin Rawat #COAS and All Ranks #IndianArmy salute supreme sacrifice of Capt Kapil Kundu,Hav Roshan Lal, Rfn Subham Singh and Rfn RamAvtar and offer condolences to the family members of the Bravehearts. pic.twitter.com/BbrfSxPevV
— ADG PI – INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) February 5, 2018
#IndianArmy #Bravehearts –
Captain Kapil Kundu
Havildar Roshan Lal
Rifleman Ram Avatar &
Rifleman Subham Singh lost their lives during ceasefire violation by #Pakistan in Bhimber Gali sector of Rajouri, Jammu & Kashmir today. #RememberandNeverForget 🇮🇳
— Flags Of Honour (@FlagsOfHonour) February 4, 2018
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also offered her condolences via Twitter.
Captain Kapil Kundu, Rifleman Ramavatar, Rifleman Subham Singh & Havaldar Roshan Lal martyred in ceasefire violation by Pakistan in BG sector of Rajouri. Your sacrifice for the Nation will not go down in vain. Heartfelt condolences to NoK
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) February 5, 2018
Meanwhile, martyred captain Kapil Kundu has left a heart-wrenching poem for us to read…
— India TV (@indiatvnews) February 5, 2018
The brave officer also left a chilling video, which was probably his last, showing his cheerful nature.
His Facebook status is another thing that will give us something to ponder upon.
The status “Life should be big instead of being long”, indeed says a lot about this young officer and his determination in life.
The status shared by Captain Kapil Kundu makes us remember something from the film ‘Anand’, in which Rajesh Khanna says something to Amitabh Bachchan:
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner, Rajouri, Shahid Iqbal Choudary, has ordered closure of all schools close to the borders. He said that “all 84 schools located in 0-5KM along LoC from Sunderbani to Manjakote shall remain closed for next 3 days.”
Your sacrifice for the motherland will not go down in vain. RIP, brave hearts.