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Braveheart Hanumanthappa Passes Into Immortality

FEBRUARY 15, 2016

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Braveheart Hanumanthappa Passes Into Immortality

Siachen braveheart Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad passedw away after he was miraculously rescued alive from beneath tonnes of snow following an avalanche that hit his post in Siachen Glacier at an height of 19,600 feet. The 33-year-old soldier of the 19th Battalion of Madras Regiment is survived by his wife Mahadevi Ashok Bilebal and two-year-old daughter Netra Koppad. A resident of village Betadur in Dharwad district of Karnataka, Koppad had joined the army 13 years back.


He had miraculously survived after being under 35 feet of ice for six days at an avalanche-hit army post in the Siachen glacier in Jammu and Kashmir. Nine other soldiers who were buried in the avalanche didn't survive. He was extremely critical with oxygen deprivation in the brain and pneumonia in both lungs. His multi-organ dysfunction deteriorated despite aggressive therapy and supportive care. He had served in difficult and challenging areas for 10 out of 13 years of his total service. He was posted in Mahore in Jammu and Kashmir from 2003 to 2006, where he was actively involved in counter-insurgency operations.

He again volunteered to serve with the 54 Rashtriya Rifles (Madras) in Jammu and Kashmir from 2008 to 2010, and later in the northeast from 2010 to 2012 where he took part in operations against the NDFB and ULFA. He had been serving in the Siachen glacier area since August 2015.


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