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Classmates of slain Army officer send Diwali sweets for unit

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Classmates of an from Maharashtra, who laid down his life battling militants near the Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir's district in 2015, have sent 250 kg of sweets to soldiers in his unit.

Col Santosh Mahadik, the Commanding of 41 Rashtriya Rifles, was critically injured during the operation in area of near the LoC in in November 2015 and succumbed at a hospital later.

"The mithai boxes, weighing just over 250 kg, landed at from Chandigarh and reached the 41 Rashtriya Rifles Wednesday, for distribution among the soldiers once commanded," one of his classmates, involved in this initiative, told

Col was a student of Sainik School, Satara in

"This Diwali, we thought of his comrades-in-arms, who suffer harsh climes and the enemy from across the border, as well as some within. We thought this would be a nice gesture for soldiers who spend Diwali away from their families," he said.

An from the elite 21 Para-Special Forces unit, Col was awarded a Sena Medal for gallantry during Operation Rhino in the North-East in 2003.

An ace football goalkeeper, a skilled horse-rider and a passionate boxer, Col Mahadik was an all-rounder, his friends recall.

Despite the inhospitable terrain that made the operation immensely challenging, the particularly chose to lead his battalion.

For Mahadik's classmates from the batch which passed out of the 24 years ago, this is the third year of the "sweet gesture" which they call 'Operation Diwali'.

Mahadik's wife was commissioned in the as a in 2017.

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First Published: Wed, November 07 2018. 17:05 IST