Bengaluru, Feb 11: After a miraculous survive, Lance Naik Hanumanthappa gave up the tough battle for life on Thursday, Feb 11.
On Tuesday, Feb 9, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited the 'braveheart' at Delhi's Research and Referral Army hospital and hailed him as an "outstanding soldier" whose "endurance & indomitable spirit" cannot be described in words. [Siachen 'braveheart' soldier Lance Naik Hanumanthappa passes away]
Soon after Hanumanthappa's demise, PM Modi condoled his death saying, "He leaves us sad & devastated. RIP Lance Naik Hanumanthappa. The soldier in you remains immortal. Proud that martyrs like you served India", on micro-blogging site Twitter. [Pall of gloom descends on Lance Naik Hanamanthappa's village]
As the tragic news of his death spread, tributes started pouring in from all across the country and politicians. Here are some Twitter reactions:
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
His extraordinary spirit and tenacity, till the very end, is an inspiration for all. My thoughts & prayers are with his bereaved family— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) February 11, 2016
I'm deeply saddened by the news of d sad demise of Soldier #Hanumanthappa Koppad. My heartfelt condolences to his family members.— CM of Karnataka (@CMofKarnataka) 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
#LanceNaikhanumanthappa you may have died but the fighter,the Gladiator,the Warrior inside you will live forever and ever.— Rubika Liyaquat (@RubikaLiyaquat) February 11, 2016
#LanceNaikhanumanthappa .RIP.Sacrificed life for D Nation.Every Indian owes to all Soldiers that he or she do not ever sacrifice D Nation.— Lt Gen Sampath Kumar (@LtGen_SampathK) February 11, 2016
Sad at the passing away of Lance Naik Hanumanthappa, our brave soldier.— Yogendra Yadav (@_YogendraYadav) February 11, 2016
Salute the Jawans who serve the country in such adverse conditions.
I join millions of countrymen to extend my condolences to braveheart Lance Naik Hanumanthappa. Nation will never forget his sacrifice.— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) February 11, 2016
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
Our braveheart soldier Lance Naik Hanumanthappa passes away. Such sad news.— Shahnawaz Hussain (@ShahnawazBJP) February 11, 2016
Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad was one of the 10 soldiers of the 19 Madras Regiment who were swept under the deadly avalanche on February 3, when they were manning the highest helipad in the world on the Saltoro Ridge of the Siachen glacier.
Hanumanthappa, who hailed from Betadur village in Dharwad district of North Karnataka, was found alive on Monday, Feb 8, buried under 25 feet of snow for six days after an avalanche hit his post at the altitude of 19,600 feet close to the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan.