PTIRelatives of Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad mourn his death at his home in Betadur in Hubli on Thursday.
PTIA TV grab of Lance Naik Hanamanthappa undergoing treatment at the Army Research & Referral Hospital in New Delhi on Wednesday.
PTIFile photo of Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad who is critical and on a ventilator at the Army’s Research & Referral Hospital in New Delhi.
The HinduLance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad’s wife Mahadevi (right) leaves for a temple at Betadur village in Dharwad district of Karnataka on Tuesday after being informed about the miraculous survival of her husband on Siachen Glacier. Photo: Kiran Bakale
He continued to be on ventilator support since his admission in the hospital on Tuesday due to continued multi-organ dysfunction.
“Really sorry to inform everyone that LNk Hanamanthappa is no more. He breathed his last breath at 11:45 a.m. today,” Army officials said on Thursday.
He was admitted at the hospital on Tuesday morning and was on ventilator since. His condition steadily deteriorated due to multiple organ failure.
The soldier of 19 Madras Regiment was rescued alive on Monday night after being buried under 35 feet of snow for six days. He was flown to Delhi on Tuesday in an Air Force aircraft. The avalanche had buried their camp on February 3.
From a farmer's family
Lance Naik Hanamanthappa, who is survived by his wife and two-year-old daughter, belonged to a farming family in Betadur village, Kundagol taluk, Dharwad district, Karnataka. Six men from this mainly agrarian village had in recent years joined the Army.
The youngest in the family, Lance Naik Hanamanthappa always wanted to join the Army. He came up the hard way, attending the high school at Aralikatti village by walking 6 km every day. And, despite being rejected thrice in the Army recruitment rallies at Belagavi, Dharwad and Gadag, he kept on trying and finally managed to get into the 19 Madras Regiment 14 years ago.
Four years ago, he married Mahadevi (Jayashri). Their daughter, Netra, is two years old. His last visit to Betadur was six months ago. His earnings helped build a house on a government-allotted site in the village.
Just a day before the avalanche, he called his family, “He had enquired about all of us,” said his eldest brother, Govindappa, who left for Delhi on Tuesday.
Meanwhile the bodies of nine other soldiers, which have been recovered from the site, are waiting to be the airlifted from Siachen. Officials said bad weather held up their movement.
Pall of gloom descended on Betadur, the hometown of Lance Naik Hanumanthappa. The family began preparations for his funeral. Former Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar visited Hanumanthappa's family and consoled them.
He leaves us sad & devastated. RIP Lance Naik Hanumanthappa. The soldier in you remains immortal. Proud that martyrs like you served India.