Naik Sunil Kumar Vidarthi, 40
Boknari, Gaya, Bihar
MATHURA YADAV, 68, is distraught yet proud. “My son is the only person in the family who became a soldier. He always spoke of the value of education and wanted his daughters to do well in studies,” he said.
His son, Naik Kumar Vidarthi, 40, killed in Uri, leaves behind three daughters and a son, who live with their mother Kiran in Gaya town, some 25 km from their father’s home in Boknari. Vidyarthi last visited the village two-and-a-half months ago. He had told his father that he would come home this Dussehra and help him renovate the ancestral home.
“We want action from Centre so that my son’s martyrdom does not go in vain,” said Yadav. Daughters Aarti, 14, Anshu, 12, and Anshika, 8, are inconsolable. Their one-and-a-half-year-old brother is too young to understand.
Vidarthi joined the Army in 1998. He was the second of three brothers; the others, Sudhir and Om Prakash, are farmers.