Siachen survivor Lance Naik Hanumanthappa dies


New Delhi: The lone survivor of Feb 3 incident at Siachen avalanche Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad, who was also called as miracle soldier after being found alive under snow and ice where he was stuck for six days, passed away on Thursday.

Koppad was admitted in Army Hospital, where he fought for life for two days.

He took his last breath at 11:45 on Thursday morning confirmed an Army statement.

PM Narendra Modi tweeted, “Koppad leaves us sad and devastated. RIP Lance Naik Hanumanthappa. The soldier in you remains immortal. Proud that martyrs like you served India.”

Doctors said on the morning that braveheart Hanamanthappa’s condition remain extremely critical, with worsening multi-organ dysfunction.

Koppad was suffering from pneumonia which worsened the condition and blood clotting disorder showed no sign of reversal despite blood component support.

Millions across the country had prayed for his recovery,  but he didn’t.

Koppad was found under 35 feet of snow and ice in Siachen glacier in Jammu and Kashmir, with other nine dead soldiers.

Koppad family from Karnataka were staying in Hospital complex.

Koppad served the country for 10 out of 13 years. He was posted in Jammu and Kashmir from 2003 to 2006 and involved in counter-insurgency operations.

He again volunteered to serve from 2008 to 2010 with 54 Rashtriya Rifles in Jammu and Kashmir and later in the northeast from 2010 to 2012.

He was serving Siachen glacier from August 2015. (IANS)(