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.
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.”
T 2140 - We pray for him that protects us in extreme circumstances and serves his country .,PRAYERS FOR L/N HUNUMANTHAPPA and his recovery— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) February 9, 2016
Echoing similar sentiments, cricket great Sachin Tendulkar also took to Twitter.
Praying for Lance Naik Hanumanthappa. Fighter, braveheart. Salute to the courageous soldiers who lost their lives in #SiachenAvalanche— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 9, 2016
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.
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.
So so happy to wake up to the news of the soldier found alive in #Siachen— atul kasbekar (@atulkasbekar) February 9, 2016
Says so much for comradeship in the Indian army.