Siachen braveheart Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad passes away, nation pays tribute; last rites today

Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad passed away at the Army's Research and Referral hospital in New Delhi

Written by Pranav Kulkarni | New Delhi | Updated: February 12, 2016 7:41 am
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Three days after he was rescued after being buried in ice and snow for six days in Siachen Glacier, Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad died at the Army Research and Referral (RR) Hospital in Delhi on Thursday.

An Army statement said he died at 11.45 am. He had multiple organ failure. His family members were at the hospital at the time, sources said. His remains were flown to Hubli in Karnataka. The last rites will take place on Friday.

Koppad was the lone survivor among 10 soldiers buried by an avalanche on Siachen on February 3. Bodies of the other soldiers were recovered on Tuesday.

Read: Death (and some glory) at 20,000 ft

A health bulletin issued by the hospital had earlier said that the 33-year-old’s condition was deteriorating and he was not responding to medication. Sources said his blood pressure was fluctuating below normal despite all attempts. On Thursday morning, an Army statement said Koppad had slipped into a “deeper state of coma”.

Also read: Koppad served 10 out of 13 years in challenging areas

Having survived temperatures of minus 45 degrees Celsius 35 feet below snow, at approximately 19,600 feet on the world’s highest battlefield, damages sustained started surfacing when his blood circulation improved following medication. Kept on ventilator, Koppad was diagnosed with pneumonia. On Wednesday, a team of doctors from AIIMS had visited the Army Hospital.

He was put on dialysis and his parameters continued dipping, the Army said. The oxygen level in his body was significantly low, and urea and creatinine levels had shot up.

The Army statement issued on Thursday morning read: “Braveheart Lance Naik Hanamanthappa continues to remain extremely critical with worsening multiple organ dysfunction. His circulatory shock is now refractory to all drugs in maximum permissible doses and his kidneys remain non-functional. His pneumonia has worsened and the blood clotting disorder shows no sign of reversal despite blood component support. He is on maximal clotting disorder (but) shows no sign of reversal despite blood component support. He is on maximal life support with aggressive ventilation and dialysis. He has slipped into a deeper state of coma.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote on Twitter that Koppad ‘leaves us sad and devastated.’

“The soldier in you remains immortal. Proud that martyrs like you served India,” the PM added.

(You can post your tributes to the soldier in the comment box below)

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Condoling the Lance Naik’s death, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “He leaves us sad & devastated. RIP Lance Naik Hanamanthappa. The soldier in you remains immortal. Proud that martyrs like you served India.” Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar tweeted, “Condolences to family of L/Nk Hanamanthappa on his passing away. The Nation salutes him.”

PHOTOS: The 10 soldiers who lost their lives in the Siachen avalanche

In his message, Army Chief General Dalbir Singh said, “The soldier in him will continue to inspire generations.”

Parrikar, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the three service chiefs paid homage to Koppad at Brar Square in Delhi Cantonment on Thursday evening.

VIDEO: How Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad was rescued

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First Published on: February 12, 2016 12:00 am
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    Abhinav Gour
    Feb 11, 2016 at 1:01 pm
    It is 31,000 for glacier allowance and babus get 30% of their pay as hardship allowance for serving in Guwahati which works out to be around 71000. MOREOVER WHAT A SHAME THAT EVERY ARMY OFFICER AND SOLDIER HAS TO PAY FOR HIS OWN INSURANCE AND NOK BENIFITS RATGER THAN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE NATION FOR SERVING, PROTECTING AND THEN DYING ALSO FOR IT....
    1. K
      Feb 11, 2016 at 6:05 pm
      Lion Heart, Brave Heart, We salute you.....feel very very sad. May your soul rest in peace.
      1. R
        Feb 11, 2016 at 8:00 am
        SALUTE. RIP brave soldier.
        1. A
          Feb 11, 2016 at 8:15 am
          May God give patience to his family
          1. S
            Feb 11, 2016 at 8:02 am
            Heartfelt condolences to the family of L/Nk Hanamanthappa by a grateful nation. We shall not forget, we shall not forgive ...
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              Augustine Thomas
              Mar 8, 2016 at 10:24 am
              What a fighter! A real legend! God bless his family. Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad, requiescat in pace.
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                Kanchanganga Gandhe
                Feb 11, 2016 at 10:39 am
                Great loss. A salute to our Lance Naik, Hanamanthappa Koppad. convey the message to his family.
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                  Koushik ghosh
                  Feb 11, 2016 at 4:49 pm
                  Great salutes. For the real heros....
                  1. L
                    Feb 11, 2016 at 10:20 am
                    He is really great
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                      Mullah Israni
                      Feb 11, 2016 at 5:29 pm
                      Salute to brave heroes of Mother India, may all their souls rest in peace. Proud to be Indian always.
                      1. M
                        Feb 11, 2016 at 7:56 am
                        Salute to hero , who safe guarded us from enemies . A truest tribute to hero . RIP
                        1. M
                          Feb 11, 2016 at 9:46 am
                          Gave a good fight. If politician put half of what he put in! May God give solace to the departed soul and give strength to his family members.
                          1. पायल कालरा
                            Feb 11, 2016 at 9:09 am
                            दिल से श्रद्धांजली. हमारे करोड़ों धन्यवाद भी कम हैं आपके लिए. आप अमर हैं । जय हिंद
                            1. P
                              Feb 11, 2016 at 7:54 am
                              RIP braveheart.
                              1. P
                                Feb 11, 2016 at 6:35 pm
                                Salute to our real hero
                                1. M
                                  Feb 11, 2016 at 10:59 pm
                                  Have higher aspirations than te BBC
                                  1. M
                                    Feb 11, 2016 at 7:50 am
                                    Please change the word 'dead' in the headline to 'pes away' decent people will understand and will also make the IE appear more human. The headline writers need to be less western minded and show more maturity and sensitivity.
                                    1. A
                                      Feb 11, 2016 at 11:23 pm
                                      India has stolen saichen glacier. Let them have it. It's a ice death trap. Let them waste men and resources on ice.
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                                        U.V. Ajoykumar
                                        Feb 11, 2016 at 8:49 pm
                                        Tears rolling from my eyes. .can't write anything. .
                                        1. A
                                          Feb 11, 2016 at 5:49 pm
                                          Fell sad to hear the nation lost the true son Salute u sir no words to express 😢
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                                            Akhil varghese
                                            Feb 11, 2016 at 10:22 am
                                            Great salute .........
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