Classmates of a state army officer, who gave his life fighting militants near the line of control in the Kupwara district of northern Kashmir, sent 250 kg of candy to the soldiers of his unit.
Colonel Santosh Mahadik, commander of 41 Rashtriya Rifles, was seriously injured during the operation in the Haji Naka Forest, Kupwara region, near the Kashmir CdC, in November 2015, and succumbed In a hospital.
"Mithai boxes, weighing more than 250 kg, landed at Srinagar airport from Chandigarh and were sent Wednesday to 41 Rashtriya Rifles to be distributed to Mahadik-commissioned soldiers," said the spokesman. one of his classmates involved in this initiative. Colonel Mahadik was a student of the Sainik School in Satara.
The classmate said: "This Diwali, we thought of his fellow weapons, who are under harsh conditions and the enemy on the other side of the border, as well as some to l & # 39; inside. We thought it would be a nice gesture for the soldiers who spend Diwali away from their families. "
Colonel Mahadik, an officer of the Special Forces' elite unit, received a Sena Medal for his bravery during the Rhino operation in the Northeast in 2003. Goalkeeper, Footballer and a passionate horseman, Colonel Mahadik was a rider, his comrades remember.
Despite the inhospitable terrain that made Kupwara's operation extremely difficult, the Colonel particularly chose to lead his battalion.
For the comrades of Colonel Mahadik of the group who left the school of Sainik 24 years ago, this is the third year of the "soft gesture" they call "Operation Diwali". Mahadik's wife, Swati, was named lieutenant in 2017.