People from all walks of life paid rich tributes to braveheart soldier Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad, who died today at the Army’s Research and Referral hospital in New Delhi. Koppad was miraculously found alive on February 8 by a rescue team, six days after an avalanche struck the Siachen glacier.
All through the last three days, India held its breath as Koppad battled for life at the hospital. Earlier today, the Army said in a statement that he had slipped into a deeper state of coma after his pneumonia worsened and his kidneys became non-functional. But he eventually passed away at 11:45 am sinking the nation into grief.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was one of the first to express his grief on Twitter.
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
Here are other tributes to the braveheart soldier on the microblogging platform:
देश के वास्तविक नायक वीर लांसनायक हनुमनथप्पा को सलाम! आपकी शहादत को याद रखेगा देश।
सियाचिन में शहीद हुए सभी सीमा रक्षकों को श्रद्धासुमन ।
— Rajiv Pratap Rudy (@RajivPratapRudy) February 11, 2016
The valour and sacrifice of brave soldier Lance Naik Hanamanthappa, have immortalised his memories. My deepest condolences.
The soldier in L/NK Hanamanthappa will continue to inspire generations in the Indian Army #COAS
— ADG PI – INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) February 11, 2016
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
Deeply mourn the loss of Lance Naik Hanumanthappa. Even in his passing away he epitomized the grit, heroism and valour of our soliders. RIP.
#Hanumanthappa fought valiantly on field ,bellow piles of snow,in hospital,till he breathed his last,Salutes to this Braveheart.We bow!
— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) February 11, 2016
Heart rending news of passing away of Siachen bravesoul. Salutations to you. You will stay in our hearts for time immemorial. Rest in peace
— Sadananda Gowda (@DVSBJP) February 11, 2016
Deeply saddened by the death of Shri Lance Naik #Hanumanthappa today. A brave heart, he braved the harsh Siachen for long.
Saddened to read that Lance Naik Hanumanthappa passed away.. RIP. Condolences to his family.
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) February 11, 2016
Deeply saddened by passing away of Lance Naik Hanamanthappa. I Salute his bravery & sacrifice for the Nation. May his soul rest in peace.
— Vasundhara Raje (@VasundharaBJP) February 11, 2016
Salute martyrdom of Lance Naik Hanamanthappa. We will be indebted to him for supreme sacrifice. He underwent unbearable pain for motherland.
— ShivrajSingh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) February 11, 2016
RIP Lance Nk #Hanamanthappa ! Braveheart of 19 Madras, son of Dharwar, Karnataka n India ! 🙏🏻 ☹️😢
— Rajeev Chandrasekhar (@rajeev_mp) February 11, 2016
— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) February 11, 2016
— Youth Congress (@IYC) February 11, 2016
— Shekhar Kapur (@shekharkapur) February 11, 2016
Extremely saddened…we were praying for another miracle.God Bless you and your family. Rest in peace #Hanamanthappa 🇮🇳🇮🇳
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