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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)(

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August 17, 2016: In a pre-dawn attack, two soldiers and a policeman were killed on Wednesday, when militants ambushed an Indian Army convoy on a highway in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district – the second deadly strike on security forces in three days.

The attack comes amid the deadliest Kashmir unrest in six years that began after the July 8 killing of rebel commander Burhan Wani. The militant’s death has provoked angry protests by Kashmiri youth who hail Wani as their hero.

As the street unrest continues, militant violence has also escalated in the state.

Security officials blamed the unrest on the surge in militant attacks after years of decline.

“Militants have been able to consolidate as security forces remain busy in controlling the unrest,” a top police officer told IANS in Baramulla where the latest attack occurred.

The officer said heavily armed men ambushed an army convoy near Baramulla town around 3. 30 a.m. and killed two soldiers. They struck again and killed one policeman when a police deployment reached there.

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Authorities have said some 60 militants have managed to sneak into the valley from Pakistan in the weeks of unrest.

Violence in Kashmir started after killing of Burhan Wani. Image Source:
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At least four security personnel were injured in the attack, which comes two days after militants killed a paramilitary commandant in Srinagar on Independence Day. Militants also attacked a police station in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district late on Tuesday, injuring five policemen.

The Kashmir Valley has been on the boil for nearly six weeks now. Some 63 civilians have been killed in firing by security forces during clashes with protesters. At least two policemen have also been killed.

Schools, shops, banks and offices have remained closed in much of the valley as police and paramilitary troopers patrol on roads to prevent people from coming out on the streets.

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The curfew and separatist-called shutdown on Wednesday continued to paralyse normal life for the 40th day in a row.

The curfew and communications blackout have, however, failed to bring calm in the valley. Separatists have called for a march to the UN office in Srinagar and a 72-hour sit-in if security forces stop them. (IANS)