Video | Siachen braveheart Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad dead
Posted by The Times of India on Wednesday, 10 February 2016
Though he miraculously survived in snow for six days, the Lance Naik Hanumanthappa passed away today.
The soldier of 19 Madras regiment was rescued alive on Monday and was flown to Delhi on Tuesday in an Air Force aircraft. The avalanche had buried their camp on February 3.
He was admitted to the R&R hospital on Tuesday morning and had been on a ventilator since. His condition steadily deteriorated due to multiple organ failure.
“Really sorry to inform everyone that LNk Hanumanthappa is no more. He breathed his last breath at 11:45 a.m. today,” Army officials said.
The youngest in the family, Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad always wanted to join the Army. He came up the hard way, attending high school at Aralikatti village by walking 6 km every day.
Later, despite being rejected thrice in the Army recruitment rallies at Belagavi, Dharwad and Gadag, he didn’t give up and finally managed to get into the 19 Madras Regiment 14 years ago.
Four years ago, Lance Naik Koppad married Mahadevi (Jayashri) and has a two-year-old daughter, Netra. His last visit to Betadur was six months ago. His earnings helped build a house in the government-allotted site in the village.