Modi condoles Siachen survivor’s death

February 11, 2016 02:49 pm | Updated November 29, 2021 01:11 pm IST - New Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday condoled the demise of Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad, who was rescued alive six days after an avalanche hit his post in Siachen Glacier, saying he has left “us sad and devastated”.

“He leaves us sad & devastated. RIP Lance Naik Hanamanthappa. The soldier in you remains immortal. Proud that martyrs like you served India,” Mr. Modi tweeted.

The soldier died on Thursday, three days after he was miraculously rescued alive from beneath tonnes of snow at a height of 19,600 feet after the February 3, 2016 avalanche hit.

The 33-year-old soldier of the 19th Battalion of Madras Regiment is survived by wife Mahadevi Ashok Bilebal and two-year-old daughter Netra Koppad.

A resident of village Betadur in Dharwad district of Karnataka, Lance Naik Koppad had joined the Army 13 years back.

The condition of Lance Naik Koppad, who was admitted to Army Research and Referral Hospital in New Delhi on February 9, 2016, had deteriorated on Wednesday.

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