“The soldier in you remains immortal,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday while condoling the demise of Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad who was extricated alive from a huge mass of ice on Monday, six days after an avalanche hit his post in Siachen Glacier.Other than PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi, President Pranab Mukherjee, Mamata Banerjee, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and others tweeted their condolences. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The soldier died on Thursday, four days after he was miraculously rescued alive from beneath tonnes of ice at a height of 19,600 feet after the February 3 avalanche hit.Koppad was among 10 soldiers in the high-altitude military post which was struck by the avalanche and nine of them, including a Junior Commissioned Officer, had died earlier. The government had assumed on February 4 that all of them had died, with even the Prime Minister expressing condolence over their passing away.Also read: Parrikar, Rahul Gandhi and Kejriwal pay tribute to Lance Naik Koppad at Brar SquareNorthern Army Commander Lt Gen D S Hooda had also issued a statement, saying, “It is a tragic event and we salute the soldiers who braved all challenges to guard our frontiers and made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.”The 33-year-old soldier of the 19th Battalion of Madras Regiment is survived by his wife Mahadevi Ashok Bilebal and two-year-old daughter Netra Koppad.A resident of village Betadur in Dharwad district of Karnataka, Koppad had joined the army 13 years back. The condition of Koppad, who was admitted to Army Research and Referral Hospital here on February 9, had deteriorated yesterday.

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PM Modi, President Mukherjee, Rahul Gandhi and others condole demise of Lance Naik Hanamanthappa