RIP Siachen hero: Bollywood pays tribute to Hanamanthappa

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 11, 2016 14:52 IST
File Photo of Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad who was pulled out alive by rescue teams in Siachen but died on Thursday, February 11. (PTI)

Actors Rishi Kapoor, Anupam Kher and musician Salim Merchant and several other Bollywood personalities took to Twitter on Thursday to mourn the death of Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad. From 19 Madras, Koppad was trapped under a thick layer of ice for five days after an avalanche struck an Army post at 20,500 ft on the Siachen Glacier on February 3. Nine of his fellow soldiers perished in the accident.

Read: Lance Naik Hanamanthappa dies, India pays tribute to Siachen hero

Rishi Kapoor took to Twitter to pay his tributes and wrote, “R I P. Lance Nayak Hanumanthappa Koppad.Proud forever!”

Farhan Akhtar tweeted, “Saddened to read that Lance Naik Hanumanthappa passed away.. RIP. Condolences to his family.”

Expressing his sadness at the soldier’s death, Kher posted a message on his Twitter timeline: “Heartbreakingly Sad to know about #SiachenHero #Hanumanthappa’s demise. We SALUTE & THANK YOU for your Sacrifice. You’ll always be our HERO.”

Indian students stand and pray near a sand sculpture of Hanumanthappa Koppad created by Sudarsan Pattnaik. (AFP)

Salim Merchant wrote, “Rest in Peace Lance Nayak Hanumanthappa . Salute”

“RIP Lance Naik Hanamanthappa .. Braveheart and protector of our nation. Condolences and prayers for his family,” Aftab Shivdasani tweeted.

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