Ashok Sodhi a strikingly lively man and a photojournalist par excellent, made supreme sacrifice in the line of duty in conflict hit Jammu and Kashmir on the fateful day of May11, 2008.
In a dastardly attack heavily armed Pakistani Militants struck in the garrison town of Samba killing six innocent peoples including the senior Photojournalist.
At the encounter site Sodhi had just lifted his camera to shoot snaps but a stray bullet fired by militants hit him in the head.
Thought the two militants holed up in the house were killed in a 13 hours fierce encounter but by then six people had lost their life. During his nearly three decade long profession, the charismatic photojournalist had clicked several photographs but the samba rendezvous turned out to be his last one.
At the age of 45, he bade adieu to this world leaving behind his wife and a daughter beside a swarm of friends, who desperately miss his charisma. The aphorism whom the gods love, die young yet again proved true but the void created by Sodhi’s departure still make several hearts wait in silence over his untimely demise.
Ashok Sodhi remained member Management Committee Press Club of Jammu.