“Shaheed ki chitao par lagege har baras mele…. Watan par mitne walo ka baki yahi nishan hoga…..!!!!”
Eyes filled with tears, pain of loss easily visible on each face, air filled with patriotic songs. No one could stop their tears from rolling down when candles were lightened in the memory young and brave Lt. Archit Verdia. A huge crowd gathered at the ‘Shaheed Smarak’ of Town Hall yesterday, the 26thof July, co-incidentally, which was also the Kargil day, to pray for his departed soul.
His mother, Mrs. Beena Verdia, and sister, Devyani Verdia, were also present there. Though their hearts were deeply engrossed in the grief of losing their 23 yrs old young son, but their heads were held high as they knew that Archit has not died, but has become immortal in the heart of every Indian. His late father will be brightly shining as a star seeing the bravery of son who has fulfilled his dreams of seeing his son as a soldier. We salute to this family for giving a great soldier to this country.
It has been known that Lt. Archit Verdia left this world on 20th of this month while trying to save his colleagues who were caught in fire at an army camp of Siachen Glacier. Born on January 20, 1988, Archit completed his +2 from The Study School, Udaipur. He got his training from Officer’s Training Academy, Chennai and was posted in the Indian Army about one and half years back.
Udaipur has never witnessed the pain of losing a soldier at the border. But today when we look at Archit, every hand comes up in reflex to give a salute to him. His funeral will be held today at Rani Road at 9 a.m. after his body will be brought to his hometown with due respect.
We all have been through a great loss. Udaipur has lost a brave child. We all pray for the peace of the departed soul, and also salute the spirit of the soldier.
Photos by: Prasun Bannerjee
[L to R] Mrs. Rajni Dangi, Mrs. Beena Verdia and Devyani Verdia
rahul kumawayJuly 27, 2011 at 1:08 pm
Aniruddh purohitJuly 27, 2011 at 1:14 pm
thnkss UB team
palak jainJuly 27, 2011 at 3:38 pm
salute to this brave soldier…… May his soul rest in peace….. N may god grant power to his family to come out of his irreparable loss….. Amen!!!!
Upesh BhattJuly 27, 2011 at 8:14 pm
may his soul rest in peace… Jai Hind…
DivyaJuly 27, 2011 at 9:29 pm
He was , He is or He will be the STAR of the country…
may his soul rest in peace
monikaJuly 28, 2011 at 1:48 pm
may his soul rest in peace
Lokesh BhadviyaJuly 28, 2011 at 11:48 pm
SALUTE YOU BRAVE INDIAN ARMY OFFICER SHAHEED LT. ARCHIT VERDIA ……………..
shivnarayan vishnoiAugust 29, 2011 at 12:05 pm
salute to this brave soldier OF INDIAN ARMY………..
OmSeptember 1, 2011 at 7:20 pm
Is maa ko mera Sader-Pranaam……
Maj RajJanuary 2, 2012 at 4:01 pm
May your soul rest in peace young Officer. Its unfortunate that in our country we forget such souls the very next day . Hope its doesnot happen this time.
SATYAVEER SINGH CHAUHANMay 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm
JAI HIND JAI BHARAT.
sachinMay 10, 2012 at 6:15 pm
Avinash TripathiMay 11, 2012 at 10:59 am
May your soul Rest In PEACE ….JAI HIND
rohit purwarMay 11, 2012 at 11:37 am
jai hind bhai…….
VICKY KOTHARIMay 20, 2012 at 10:21 am
BHAI MISS U SO MUCH I M VERY VERY SAD REALYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
abhijitJune 21, 2012 at 9:31 am
He is the real hero of india
RohitJune 22, 2012 at 1:19 pm
Jai jawan he is the hero ….of the naion he his not was …….for our country,,,
jai bharat mata.