Fadnavis said that the state as well as the whole country would stand by the family of Colonel Mahadik and take complete responsibility for their welfare.

A recipient of the Sena medal for gallantry, 39-year-old Mahadik was yesterday leading a team of 41 Rashtriya Rifles in a combing operation in Kupwara in north Kashmir when he fell prey to terrorists' bullets.

The last rites will be performed at Pogarwadi village in Satara district with full military honours.

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