Chandigarh: 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 10 February.

The young Army Captain was among the four Army personnel who were killed yesterday 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.

“Kapil was to visit us on his birthday on 10 February. 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.

According to his family members, Capt Kundu believed in life which was larger in stature and not in length.

“He was fond of life which was full of adventure, he loved nature. He was a great patriot. He used to write poetry to express his feelings for his country. He always used to say the country is supreme,” she said.

The anguished villagers here raised slogans against Pakistan and demanded the government to give it a befitting reply.

Capt Kundu’s sister broke down several times recalling the great bond they shared.

“He told me that he was visiting the family on 10 February and as usual he asked me not to tell this to anyone as he wanted to give a surprise to our mother,” she said.