He is my son and somewhere I knew that he would come back to me. This is what an overjoyed mother of Lance Naik Hanamanthappa said from Betadur in North Karnataka before leaving for New Delhi.
The 62-year-old Basamma who is currently travelling to New Delhi along with Lance Naik Hanamanthappa's wife Mahadevi said that she was extremely sad when she heard the news. However, deep within me I always felt that he would come back to me. [Lance Naik Hanumanthappa's family members on the way to Delhi]
Lance Naik Hanamanthappa was buried under 25 feet of ice at the Siachen Glacier. While the army launched a mission to find the missing soldiers they found Hanamanthappa and after feeling a faint pulse, immediately put him on a rescue chopper and took him for treatment. He is said to be in a stable condition.
Betadur erupts in joy:
Ramesh Koppad a relative of Hanamanthappa said over phone to OneIndia that while they are happy that he is alive. Our prayers have been answered. He has come up the very hard way and belongs to a very poor farming family. This news is a relief for us. We however share the pain of those families who lost their loved ones in this accident, he also said.
We are praying that he recovers soon. The family is travelling to New Delhi so that they can be with him and take care of him. The entire village came to our homes to celebrate the news, he also added.
The family members however said that they were not informed by anyone in the government about him being alive. We watched it on the television channels and found out. We are however sure that the army will provide him with the best of treatment he also said.
Earlier prior to leaving for Delhi, Mahadevi said that it was a miracle and the prayers of the family is what saved him. I am just waiting to see him now she also said.
The mother further said that I gave birth to him and somewhere I felt that he was alive. I felt very sad hearing the news, but somewhere deep within I felt that he would come back. I was proven right she also said.
Going to see Lance Naik Hanumanthappa, with prayers from the entire nation.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 9, 2016
I Pray for a quick recovery of Hanumanthappa Koppad the Brave soldier from Dharwad, Karnataka. pic.twitter.com/HzuH9PkkS0— CM of Karnataka (@CMofKarnataka) February 9, 2016
We pray for the speedy recovery of Lance Naik Hanumanthappa.His miraculous survival is a gift for the nation #SiachenMiracle— Sushilkumar Shinde (@SS_ShindeINC) February 9, 2016
I join the Nation in praying for speedy recovery of India's brave son Lance Naik Hanumanthappa.— Vasundhara Raje (@VasundharaBJP) February 9, 2016