Udaipur : A pall of gloom descended in Tripura colony of Banswara city on Saturday as residents came to know of the martyrdom of soldier Harshit Bhadoria who was killed in the firing at Kupwara on Friday evening. The 23-year-old soldier had completed his training in Hyderabad just few months back and given a special training in computers in Pathankot last month. He was then posted in the Rajput Regiment number 1851 at the Indo-PaK borders. His body is expected to arrive in Banswara by Sunday afternoon.
“ It was Harshit’s childhood dream to serve the defense force and I am proud that my son laid down his life for the motherland. One who gets a chance to serve the country is indeed very fortunate and now if my daughter says she wants to join the force, I will happily agree” the martyr’s father Rajkumar told TOI. The Bhadorias hail from Agra city in UttarPradesh but the family had shifted and settled in Banswara 25 years ago. Harshit was born and brought up here. His father have been working in a textile mill since 1994 and had raised Harshit and his sister with much hardship as their financial condition was weak. Harshit succumbed to his injuries after he sustained bullet shots on his neck on Friday around 7.15 pm. His father was informed of the incident late night, however, he didn’t break the news of their son’s death to his wife Jyoti. “ My wife is weak at heart and it would be difficult to console her so we decided to tell her only when Harshit comes home. But my daughter Divya is strong and has bravely taken the news” Rajkumar said. Neighbors and family friends made their way to console the aggrieved family on Saturday and relatives are expected to arrive by Sunday. The final rites is expected to be held on Sunday in Banswara.
Harshit had come home on a month’s holidays during the Ganapati Visarjan. “ He was a lively boy who used to get up early in the morning for jogging and exercise. He woke up his friends too in the colony and took them for exercising. He loved playing football” the inconsolable father said. Harshit’s grandfather had been in the army who motivated him as a little boy to join the force. “ When he grew up I suggested him a number of other career options but he was adamant to join only the army and he did so” Rajkumar said.