Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad
Colonel Santosh G Mahadik, who was decorated with a Sena Medal, was accorded a funeral with full military honours in an open ground in village Pogarwadi. The Commanding Officer of 41 Rashtriya Rifles, Col Mahadik, 38, was leading a search party and was critically injured when militants, holed up in a dense forested area of Haji Naka in Kupwara district, fired at him.
Thousands of grieving people turned up today for the funeral of Colonel Santosh G Mahadik who was killed while fearlessly leading his men in an operation against militants in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis and other dignitaries paid homage to Col Mahadik and offered sympathies to his family members, including parents, wife Smt Sashwati, two children and brothers.
Hailing from Satara, Col Mahadik belonged to a small farmer’s family and later joined the Satara Military School, before joining the army in 1998. An expert paratrooper and a combat underwater driver, Col Mahadik became the second Commanding Officer to be martyred in terrorist encounter this year.
Col Mahadik, who was originally from Pogarwadi village in Satara district in Maharashtra and was commanding the 41 Rashtriya Rifles laid his life while conducting a counter infiltration operation in Manigah Forest of Kupwara District in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday. The colonel, who originally belonged to the elite 21 Para unit of the Special Forces, was awarded Sena Medal (Gallantry) for his exceptional gallantry and leadership as a young officer while fighting the terrorists in Lolab Valley in Kupwara in 2003
The last rites were performed in the presence of his immediate and extended family members, Pogarwadi villagers and people from Satara district.
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