Siachen soldier Lance Naik Hanamanthappa passed away on 11th February 2016, Thursday. He died at Army Research and Referral (RR) Hospital in Delhi at 11:45 AM. His family members were at the hospital at the time.
A senior army official said, “Lance Naik Hanamanthappa is no more. He breathed his last at 11:45 AM today.” The body of Lans Naik Hanamanthappa has been kept at Nehru stadium at Hubballi town. He had multiple organ failure.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tweeted, “He leaves us sad & devastated. RIP Lance Naik Hanamanthappa. The soldier in you remains immortal. Proud that martyrs like you served India.” Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar tweeted, “Condolences to family of L/Nk Hanamanthappa on his passing away. The Nation salutes him.”
Koppad was immediately send to a warm tent where he was treated by medical team. On Tuesday 9th February he was shifted in army hospital at New Delhi as his condition was critical.
After an Ice landslide six days ago in a remote area of Himalayans, a miracle happened that one from the 10 soldiers have been rescued alive. Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad was buried under 25 feet of ice in temperatures close to minus 40 degrees for six days. He was found on Monday night, 8th February 2016 and there was no chance of him being alive as only his pulse was working.
The 33-year-old soldier of the 19th Battalion of Madras Regiment is survived by his wife Mahadevi Ashok Bilebal and two-year-old daughter Netra Koppad.
RIP and Heartily Salute to India’s Hero Hanamanthappa Koppad…
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