Colonel dies, policeman harmed in Kashmir operation to flush out militants

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Srinagar: An Army Colonel of a chosen Para Commando force was on Tuesday killed and a policeman harmed after entrance underneath glow from militants in a timberland area of Kashmir where a officer was heading a hunt celebration to flush out a stealing ultras.

39-year-old Colonel Santosh Mahadik, Commanding Officer of 41 Rashtriya Rifles, was critically harmed during a operation in a Haji Naka timberland area of Kupwara nearby a Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, officials said.

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He was immediately evacuated to a sanatorium though he succumbed to injuries, a officials said.

A military deputy was also harmed in a banishment and was undergoing treatment.

Santosh, who hailed from Maharashtra and was consecrated in a Army in 1998, was creatively from a Special Forces. He had perceived Sena Medal for exhibiting flattery and care in opposite militant operations, Defence orator said.

The operation to lane down a militants was stability when final reports were received, a officials said.

The celebration of army and military came underneath glow when it was conducting searches as partial of an operation started on Nov 13 to flush out terrorists stealing in a timberland area on a basement of a specific information.

An Army jawan was harmed on a initial day of a operation.

After a initial hit on Nov 13, a militants fled low into a forests and a confidence army continued a follow them, heading to uninformed hit today, a officials said.

Col Santosh leaves behind mother and dual children, aged 11 and 5 years, a counterclaim orator said, adding a Army is committed to providing all support to a family in this hour of grief.

The orator pronounced a Colonel was a loyal infantryman and had conducted many successful counter-terrorist operations.

General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Northern Command Lt Gen DS Hooda has voiced low condolences on a detriment of this dauntless Commanding Officer.

“We owe a low debt of thankfulness to officers like Santosh who lead from a front and are peaceful to compensate a ultimate cost in a quarrel opposite terrorism,” Lt Gen Hooda said.