The Nation Pays Tributes To Hanumanthappa; Here’s Something You Should Know About Him

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6:50 pm 11 Feb, 2016

Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad, who was fighting for his life after being rescued alive from under 25 feet of snow six days after his post in Siachen was hit by a glacier, breathed his last on February 11 morning at the Army’s Research and Referral Hospital in Delhi.

His rescue was as a miracle as rescue teams had little hope of “discovering him alive” from huge snow boulders but according to Army sources, he was detected with the help of a radar and sniffer dogs. He was diagnosed with pneumonia, and his liver and kidney were dysfunctional. Despite therapy and supportive care by a team of specialists, the health of 33-year-old deteriorated and he had slipped into deep coma.



Minutes after the news about his death broke, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent out a Tweet with condolences for the fallen soldier:

Here are some facts about the soldier:

  • Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad, 33, hails from Betadur village in Dharwad district, around 430 km from Bangalore.
  • He did not join the army because of poverty but because of his love for uniform and serve the motherland. Due to this, his elder brother Manjappa now manages the family’s farmland.



  • Hanumanthappa enrolled in the 19th Batallion of the Madras Regiment in 2002
  • He was actively involved in counter-insurgency operations in J&K from 2003 to 2006
  • Out of his total service of 13 years, he has spent 10 years in difficult and challenging areas
  • He volunteered to serve again in J&K from 2008 to 2010


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  • At Siachen, he was chosen for deployment at the highest post at an altitude of 19600 feet since December 2015, witnessing temperatures below 40 degree celcius and winds upto 100 kmh
  • The soldier of the 19th Battalion of Madras Regiment is survived by his wife Mahadevi Ashok Bilebal and two-year-old daughter Netra Koppad.


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  • His wife Mahadevi had even expressed her last wish for him: “Dear God, the next time you want to take a life, please take mine. Let my husband live to protect the country, he should survive.”

The entire nation paid tributes to the Siachen braveheart. Here are some tweets:



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