Hubli (ANI): Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad, whose miraculous survival days after an avalanche hit an Army camp on the Siachen Glacier transfixed the nation, died on Thursday morning, bringing the focus back on the challenges of military deployment on the glacier, with Pakistan indicating that it is willing to consider early de-militarisation. The soldier of 19 Madras Regiment is survived by his wife and daughter.
The body of Siachen braveheart Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad arrived at Hubli in Karnataka on Friday where citizens have begun paying their respects to him, before his remains are taken to his village in Dharwad for last rites.
The district administration made preparations for people to pay their final respects to Koppad at the Nehru Stadium in Hubli and later at Betadur Government High School after 11.30 am.
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will also be present for the last rites of Koppad at his village in Betadur, in Dharwar. He was present at the Hubli airport when the soldier’s body arrived. “Its a great loss to the country and I condole the role of Mr Hanamanthappa,” said Siddaramaiah after paying his tribute to the martyr.
Large number of people thronged to Nehru Maidan grounds in Hubballi on Friday to pay last tributes to the soldier Hanamanthappa Koppad.
The body of the soldier is now at his residence for the funeral rituals. It will be kept at a government school ground to allow people to pay their last respects. The funeral is likely to be held at about 12.30 pm.
The body of Hanamanthappa is taken in a carriage at his native village.
Thousands pour into Nehru stadium, Hubballi, to pay tributes to Hanumanthappa Koppad. After three hours the body was moved to his home in Betadur village for the last rites.
Before being taken for funeral rites at his native village Betadur, the body of Lance Naik Hanumantappa has been kept at Nehru stadium at Hubballi town.
A pall of gloom descended on Betadur in Kundagol taluk of Dharwad district, the native place of Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad, after the news of the soldiers’ death at Army’s R&R Hospital in New Delhi. Read more
Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad belongs to a farming family of Betadur village in Kundagol taluk of Dharwad district. Read more
People pay tributes to the departed soldier at his native village. Hanamanthappa, who was miraculously found alive after remaining buried under huge mass of snow for six days at the Siachen Glacier, passed away at Army’s Research and Referral Hospital at 11.45 a.m. on Thursday.
After 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. “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.