Banaskantha: A 112-year-old, who
served as a foot tracker for the Indian Army during the Indo-Pak wars, from Vav taluka here, has come out in support of Anna Hazare in the fight against corruption and also wants
to fast with him.
Ranchhod Desai, a veteran foot tracker from Limbala
village in Vav, had served in the Indian Army in 1965 and 1971
war with Pakistan and claims to know the Indo-Pak border in
Gujarat like the back of his hand.
"Anna is doing a great job to set the country free from
the clutches of corrupt people, who are at the helm of
affairs. I wish I could join him," Desai told reporters.
However, considering his age, Desai, known as the Old War
Camel, has been advised not to fast.
Nonetheless, the veteran not only observed one day fast,
but has been offering prayers for Hazare`s success every day
since the agitation began at Ramlila ground in Delhi.
"Anna is an ex-army man, who fought the 1965 Indo-Pak
War. I pray to Goddess to shower her blessing on this noble
son (Anna) of the country fighting for the second freedom
fight," Desai said.
Expressing his solidarity with Anna and his team, Desai
has also appealed to the youths of his village to join Hazare.
"Despite his physical inability, he wanted to join
Hazare. But we have persuaded him not to do so, as his health
will not permit. He agreed and had observed fast for one day,"
Desai`s nephew Babba Desai, former Sarpanch of Limbala village