Aditya Sachdeva, 18, a victim of last Saturday’s road rage, almost passed away unnoticed in school during the 12 years he spent at Gaya’s prestigious Nazareth Academy.
An outgoing student of the school, who was awaiting results after writing the CBSE Class 12 exams, Sachdeva wanted to chase his dream in hotel management. Instead, he lost his life to a trigger happy youth last Saturday.
The grisly incident, which snatched him away from his loved ones, has brought to life Sachdeva in the minds of his peers and mentors.
School principal, Sister Sophia Joseph, described Sachdeva as an affable person, who was a good student, intelligent, cooperative, someone who would respect his teachers and seniors and never be disobedient.
Talking to Hindustan Times on Tuesday, Sister Joseph said, “He was a quiet personality. He was not one who would hog the limelight, which students either very bright or naughty do. He was gentle, soft-spoken, a pleasant natured boy, who moved on the campus almost unnoticed during most of his school hours with us.”
His class teachers in plus-two Nargis and Nandini Sinha also fondly remembered Sachdeva.
Adi, as his friends would call him, was an absolutely fun-loving person. For Surya Singh, Abhi Sharma and Shirsh Kumar, Adi’s bosom pals, he was full of life.
“I can’t imagine life without Adi. I was supposed to write the Indraprastha University entrance exam with Adi in New Delhi and return together on May 15, but I took the first flight home due to the sudden turn of events,” said Shirsh.
He was in Delhi to write the Symbiosis and Institute of Management Studies entrance test when he got the news of Sachdeva’s death.
“We used to share almost everything. He was a friend, a brother and a soul mate to me,” added Shirsh.
Abhi Sharma, another friend, who studied with Aditya right from lower kindergarten, said, “He was absolutely fun-loving and would help everyone. He was very simple and could never hurt anyone. Even when we would act naughty in school, it was he who invariably got caught by teachers. And, he used to quietly accept the reprimand from teachers without spilling the beans about his friends.”
Quiet as he was by nature, Sachdeva passed away quietly, but left behind agitated minds, debating over the upbringing of children of the role of those with money and power.
On Tuesday evening, teachers, friends and parents gathered at the Azad Maidan here to take out a candle-light procession, seeking justice for Sachdeva.
Sister Joseph signed off by saying, “We have desire and trust that Aditya will get justice. We pray for him. We hope and pray it does not happen to any other person.”