Citizens to pay homage to Siachen braveheart; last rites to be performed at his village in Betadur
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 12-Feb-2016

Hubli, February 12: The body of Siachen braveheart Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad will arrive at Hubli in Karnataka today where citizens will pay their respects to him, before his remains are taken to his village in Dharwad for last rites. The district administration has 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. 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.

Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad (33 Years) from village Betadur in Dharwad district of Karnataka, was a survivor of February 2016 Siachin Glacier Avalanche on Indian Army post which claimed around ten lives. Hanumanthappa was found during the post-disaster rescue operations by the Indian Army, six days after the disaster.

He was rescued from 35 feet beneath the snow in -45°Celsius temperature, six days after an avalanche hit an Indian Army post in Siachen, at an altitude of 19,600 feet. His health was critical but survival news gave a chance to family members to celebrate his news of survival.

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. "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.