Hundreds of people gathered in Satara village to pay homage to Colonel Santosh Mahadik who was killed on Tuesday while conducting anti-terror operations in the Kupwara area of Kashmir.
Crowds gather in large numbers to bid their final farewell to Col. Santosh Mahadik in his hometown of Satara https://t.co/GAVyisyRRb — TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) November 19, 2015
Colonel Mahadik was the Commanding Officer of 41 Rashtriya Rifles. He was leading a search party which was pursuing terrorists in extremely inhospitable terrain when terrorists targeted him with heavy machine gunfire.
He was survived by wife and two children: a eleven-year-old daughter and a son who is five-years-old.
The 39-year-old colonel had conducted many anti-terror operations in Kashmir and in the Northeast in the past; and according to a Times of India report, he had volunteered to command a battalion of the Rashtriya Rifles in Jammu and Kashmir.