Politicians across India paid their respects to Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad, the lone survivor of an avalanche in Siachen Glacier, who died in an Army hospital in Delhi at 1145AM on Thursday.
“He leaves us sad and devastated,” tweeted Prime minister Narendra Modi.
He leaves us sad & devastated. RIP Lance Naik Hanumanthappa. The soldier in you remains immortal. Proud that martyrs like you served India.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 11, 2016
Condolences to family of L/Nk Hanumanthappa on his passing away. The Nation salutes him.— Manohar Parrikar (@manoharparrikar) February 11, 2016
“Lance Naik Hanumanthappa has shown the world the meaning of perseverance and courage,” said Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.
In his life and his passing Lance Naik Hanumanthappa has shown the world the meaning of perseverance & courage— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) February 11, 2016
His extraordinary spirit and tenacity, till the very end, is an inspiration for all. My thoughts & prayers are with his bereaved family— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) February 11, 2016
Deeply saddened to learn about Lance Naik Hanumanthappa's demise. India has lost a brave soldier. Salute his courage. RIP.— N Chandrababu Naidu (@ncbn) February 11, 2016
Koppad and nine other soldiers were swept away by an avalanche at the Siachen glacier on February 3, at an altitude of around 19,500 feet.
Lance Naik Hanumanthappa - a braveheart martyr. Human endurance tested in the service of the nation. India is one with the grieving family.— Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) February 11, 2016
I join millions of countrymen to extend my condolences to braveheart Lance Naik Hanumanthappa. Nation will never forget his sacrifice.— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) February 11, 2016
He was found on Monday, miraculously alive after being buried under 35-feet of snow for six days but in a critical condition.
Deeply saddened by the death of Shri Lance Naik #Hanumanthappa today. A brave heart, he braved the harsh Siachen for long.— M Venkaiah Naidu (@MVenkaiahNaidu) February 11, 2016
His life inspires all of us.He is a pride to karnataka state& our country.My tributes to the great hero.Heart felt condolences to his family— M Venkaiah Naidu (@MVenkaiahNaidu) February 11, 2016
Deeply saddened to know Lance Naik Hanamanthappa passed away. Nation will miss the exemplary fighter. My heartfelt condolences to his family— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) February 11, 2016
At the time of his rescue, Koppad was conscious but drowsy, disoriented and severely dehydrated. On Wednesday, he went into coma, sending a nation into a collective prayer for his recovery.
Saddened at the demise of Lance Naik Hanamanthappa. Saluting him & all the brave soldiers. My heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family.— Manohar Lal Khattar (@mlkhattar) February 11, 2016
I'm deeply saddened by the news of d sad demise of Soldier #Hanumanthappa Koppad. My heartfelt condolences to his family members.— CM of Karnataka (@CMofKarnataka) February 11, 2016
Koppad belonged to the Madras Regiment, which has a reputation for being one of the toughest Regiments to be stationed at Siachen. The 19th Madras Battalion, which Koppad was part of, is due to complete its 90-day deployment on the glacier.
I bow my head and salute the brave son of India Lance Naik Hanamanthappa. ??? ???? ???? ???? ????????? ?? ??????? ????????????— Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) February 11, 2016
Sad at the passing away of Lance Naik Hanumanthappa, our brave soldier.— Yogendra Yadav (@_YogendraYadav) February 11, 2016
Salute the Jawans who serve the country in such adverse conditions.
Army officers said a powerful will to survive was critical in the soldier surviving for six days in such a harsh environment. “He fought hard for his survival. He didn’t give up. Else, he would have perished too,” said a senior army officer.
Terrible news. The Brave Hero Lance Naik Hanumanthappa passes away. Rest in peace super soldier. The Nation salutes you for your valor.— Naveen Jindal (@MPNaveenJindal) February 11, 2016
Koppad was receiving treatment at the Army Research and Referral Hospital by a team of specialists and surgeons.