Lance Naik Hanumanthappa who was being treated at the Army Research and Referral Hospital in New Delhi is no more. The hero battled bravely while buried deep inside snow and also at the hospital.
We have now lost all the 10 brave men of the unit that was struck by an avalanche on the world’s highest, costliest and coldest battleground.
Lance Naik Hanumanthappa. PTI
By now you must have read extensively on how Hanumanthappa was found alive in a daring operation in the world’s most inhospitable terrain – the Siachen. But while we had reasons to be jubilant, we fell into a trap that we should not have.
Our correspondent Aaqib Makhdoomi spoke to Colonel N.N. Joshi, Indian Army’s PRO at Jammu and Kashmir, about the video.
The official said that though it was of a genuine rescue operation conducted by the Indian Army elsewhere in Kashmir, it was not of Siachen.
Ice cutters such as the one here were used in the operation conducted by specialised teams of the Army and the Air Force in search for the bodies of the soldiers hit by an avalanche in Siachen. PTI Photo
And here are signs that social media should have noted before sharing it as the Siachen rescue operation video:
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Soldiers in Siachen wear protective gears such as this at all times when outside their camps.
Soldiers conducting the operation that resulted in the rescue of Lance Naik Hanumanthappa.
The set of clothing that is needed for a Siachen soldier comes to around Rs.1 lakh per set.
Two sniffer dogs helped in the rescue mission at Siachen.
An image of the rescue operation shared by the Government shows the depth of the hole from where Hanumanthappa was pulled out.