Colonel Mahadik’s Last Rites Performed at Satara

Last rites were performed for Colonel Santosh Mahadik today at his hometown Satara, Maharashtra, where a huge congregation of people came together to honour the braveheart. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar also paid homage to the martyr. Colonel Mahadik, martyred in a gunbattle with militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Tuesday, was honoured by the Army at a ceremony in Srinagar on Wednesday morning. The 38-year-old was the second Army commanding officer to die in a terrorist encounter this year. As an officer of the elite 21 Para-Special Forces unit, Col Mahadik led many “successful operations” against militants and their hideouts in Jammu and Kashmir and in the northeast for over a decade. Col Mahadik, who studied in the Sainik School in his hometown Satara in Maharashtra, leaves behind his wife Sashwati, an 11-year-old daughter and a five-year-old son.

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