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 said. Expressing his solidarity with Anna and his team, Desai also appealed to the youths of his village to join Hazare.
"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.
"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 said.
District collector J B Vora said, "He is not only revered in his village, but also across the district. With immense tracking skills, which he displayed especially during the 1971 war, he identified enemy soldiers in the desert of Kutch by crossing into enemy's territory and helped round them up."
This proves that the passion and determination for a corruption free nation has shaken the citizens to such an extent that several such examples of impossible and mind boggling incidents are emerging out on every single day of Anna's fast over his demand for a stronger Lokpal Bill.