From Big B to Aamir, Bollywood prays for Siachen survivor

  • HT Correspondent
  • Updated: Feb 10, 2016 11:10 IST
Indian army personnel search for survivors after a deadly avalanche on the Siachen glacier. An Indian soldier rescued nearly a week after he was buried by a deadly avalanche on the world's highest battleground was Tuesday airlifted to Delhi in critical but stable condition, the army said. (AFP)

Bollywood celebs took to social media to say they were praying for Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad, the Indian Army Jawan who was miraculously found alive six days after an avalanche hit the Army base in Siachen.

Read: Siachen survivor Hanumanthappa fights for life, India prays for him

Amitabh Bachchan posted a series of tweets, beginning with, “Lance Naik Hanumanthappa 6 days below 25 feet of snow in Siachen, our jawan, our protector, critical ..OUR PRAYERS EVER FOR HIM !!” He also rued that it was not trending on Twitter, unlike celebs birthdays trends. “India Trends on birthdays and Cricket and Film promotions .. NOT on prayers for our Jawan Lance Naik Hunumanthappa, lying critical.”

Echoing similar sentiments, cricket great Sachin Tendulkar also took to Twitter.

Bollywood star Aamir Khan said that he is praying for the speedy recovery of Koppad and that his thoughts were with the braveheart’s family. “Kudos to the recovery team who have fought against all odds in the most difficult conditions to bring about this miracle. Our salute to all his comrades whose lives were lost in this calamity. Their sacrifice will never be forgotten. Jai Hind,” Aamir tweeted.

Meanwhile, Koppad, who was miraculously found alive after remaining buried under snow for six days, is comatose and his condition is extremely critical.

Read: How Army rescued a hero from Siachen snow

Fortunately, there was no cold exposure-related frost bite or bony injuries to him, a medical bulletin issued by the hospital said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh, had visited the soldier at the hospital earlier on Tuesday.

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