In a programme supported by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), Vasudev Gade, vice-chancellor of Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), on Thursday honoured the family of martyr Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Kopad, who died in the Siachen avalanche a few weeks ago.
Hanumanthappa’s mother Basamma, wife Mahadevi, one-year-old daughter Netra and cousin Shankar Gouda, who too is a Lance Naik in the Indian Army, took a brief halt in Pune Thursday morning while they were on their way to Nagpur, where they were to attend an ABVP-supported programme on the alleged “anti national” activities in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).
In Pune, Hanumanthappa’s family first went to an ABVP activist’s house around 6 am. Then they reached Jedhe chowk in Swargate, were Vice-Chancellor Gade, accompanied by ABVP and Sangh Parivar members, honoured them with a citation, with ABVP activists raising slogans.
“I am proud that my son laid down his life for the nation,” said Basamma. The family said they are overwhelmed with the support they are getting from all quarters.
“The national should always remember its martyrs and not support any anti-national activities,” said Mahadevi.
From Swargate, Hanumanthappa’s family went to the Pune airport and took a flight to Nagpur, where the event, organised by Yuva Jagran Samiti, had ABVP’s national organising secretary as its key speaker.
Ram Satpute, Maharashtra secretary of ABVP said, “Martyr Hanumanthappa’s family was going to Nagpur for a programme via Pune. So the Pune unit of ABVP decided to meet and felicitate them. SSPU vice-chancellor agreed to be with us for honouring the martyr’s family. We salute Indian Army for its sacrifices and condemn those who shouted anti-national slogans at JNU.”