New Delhi: Devastated with the demise of Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad, who passed away at Army’s Research and Referral Hospital here this morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was proud that martyrs like the Siachen braveheart served India.
“I am deeply sad to learn about the passing away of your son, Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad. Lance Naik Koppad was a hero who demonstrated exemplary will power and courage in the face of adversity,” President Mukherjee said
“He leaves us sad and devastated. RIP Lance Naik Hanumanthappa. The soldier in you remains immortal. Proud that martyrs like you served India,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted.
“I am extremely saddened to learn of the demise of Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad… a survivor of the mishap at Siachen, he had come to symbolise the grit, determination and the indomitable spirit of the Indian armed forces,” Vice President Hamid Ansari said.
“We salute his bravery. May his soul rest in peace. May god give strength to his family to bear this loss,” Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said.
BJP president Amit Shah tweeted, “I join millions of countrymen to extend my condolences to braveheart Lance Naik Hanumanthappa. Nation will never forget his sacrifice.
“Lieutenant General Hooda expresses deep grief and condolences at the demise of Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad at the Army Research and Referral Hospital, Delhi, today (Thursday),” a statement issued by the army’s Udhampur-headquartered northern command said.
The lone Siachen avalanche survivor breathed his last at 11.45 a.m.
A medical bulletin released by Army’s Research and Referral Hospital earlier today had said that Lance Naik Hanamanthappa slipped into deep coma despite ‘maximal life support with aggressive ventilation and dialysis’.
Lance Naik Hanamanthappa, who hails from Karnataka, was flown to Delhi on Tuesday morning in a special air ambulance and admitted to the hospital.
(With inputs from Agencies)
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