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India, Pakistan govts owe people answer on deaths in Siachen glacier: Shehla Rashid

Governments of India and Pakistan owe the people an answer for the death of Siachen braveheart Lance Naik Hanumanthappa, JNU student leader Shehla Rashid Shora on Friday said even as she questioned his “deification”, saying he fell not to enemy bullets but to weather conditions and lack of facilities.Shehla, vice-president of JNU students’ union, said that using the “trope of sacrifice”, soldiers have been denied several rights. She also claimed that by the army’s “own admission” more soldiers die in Kashmir by committing suicides than in combat.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shehla, an activist of All India Students Association (AISA), said that not only soldiers but women are also “stripped off” their rights through the process of deification. “Whenever they are making a deity out of someone, they are actually oppressing them and we see this with Bharat Mata,” she said.”We are told they (soldiers) have made ultimate sacrifice at the borders. Hanumanthappa died at the border. They would like us to believe that he made ultimate sacrifice for the nation. But why are we celebrating Hanumanthappa’s death? Did he die because of an enemy bullet? Did he die because of a Pakistani suicide bomber? No, he died because of the weather conditions where he was posted. And he was not given proper facilities,” Shehla said.”Indian and Pakistani governments owe an answer to the people,” she said.She was addressing a convention on ‘Resistance’ at the Constitution Club in Delhi where JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar and PhD scholar Umar Khalid were among the speakers.’Soldiers die after committing suicide more than in combat’Shehla lamented that through the process of deification, soldiers are actually denied the right to unionise, right to speak against caste discrimination, to speak against against class inequality among others.”And by the army’s own admission, in Kashmir more soldiers die by committing suicide and not in combat. This is a very important statistic. Farmers are committing suicide, Rohith Vemula committed suicide, soldiers are committing suicide. These suicides are arising out of a structural oppression,” she said.On the concept of ‘Bharat Mata’, Shehla wondered whether the BJP-RSS combine would recognise Rohith’s mother Radhika Vemula or tribal rights activist Soni Sori, or anti-AFSPA activist Irom Sharmila as ‘Bharat Mata’.”Is Bela Bhatia ‘Bharat Mata’? Your ‘Bharat Mata’ is Maya Kodnani and Smriti Irani and we are not going to recognise them as ‘Bharat Matas’,” she said.

India bids emotional farewell to Siachen bravehearts

Madurai/Theni: Hundreds of people on Tuesday bid emotional farewell to Siachen bravehearts G Ganesan and S Kumar, whose last rites were performed with full state honours at Chokkathevanpatti in Madurai and Kumanan Kuzhu in Theni districts respectively.

Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh paying homage at the mortal remains of soldiers, at Palam Airport, in New Delhi on 15 February 2016. Image courtesy PIBChief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh paying homage at the mortal remains of soldiers, at Palam Airport, in New Delhi on 15 February 2016. Image courtesy PIB

Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh paying homage at the mortal remains of soldiers, at Palam Airport, in New Delhi on 15 February 2016. Image courtesy PIB

While Sepoy Ganesan (25) was cremated at Chokkathevanpatti, Havildar Kumar (37) was buried at Kumanankuzhu.

The atmosphere at the funeral was highly emotional with friends, relatives and locals bidding tearful farewell.

District Collectors of Madurai and Theni – Veeraraghava Rao and Venkatachalam respectively – handed over cheques of Rs 10 lakh each to the bereaved families, the solatium announced by the state government.

The government has also assured job to one family member of the two deceased soldiers.

Ganesan, Kumar and eight other soldiers, including Havildar M Elumalai of Vellore and Sepoy N Ramamurthy from
Krishnagiri of Tamil Nadu, got buried in snow after an avalanche hit their high-altitude post in Siachen glacier in
Ladakh on 3 February.

One of them, Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad, found alive under the snow, also died on 11 February after battling
for life.

PTI

Thousands bid emotional farewell to Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad

The body of Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad was laid to rest with full state honours, after thousands of people bid an emotional farewell to the Siachen braveheart at his native village of Betadur in Dharwad district of north Karnataka on Friday.Full throated chants of “Hanumanthappa amar rahe” and patriotic slogans rent the air as the mortal remains of Hanumanthappa was buried at a land adjacent to the Gram Panchayat office, with thousands of people from the village and nearby areas cutting across age, in attendance. The last rites were performed according to Lingayat community rituals.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The scene of Hanumanthappa’s wife, mother and two-year-old daughter paying their last respects at the High School ground in Betadur touched the chord of hundreds of people, who had gathered there, leaving many teary-eyed.
ALSO READ Siachen Braveheart: 5 caricatures paying tribute to Lance Naik Hanamanthappa KoppadAn air of melancholy hung in the air as the family of Hanumanthappa was inconsolable, and at one point of time, his wife Mahadevi even fainted and was consoled by members of the family, the military and police.The village was in sorrow ever since Thursday as hope and prayers gave way to gloom with the death of Hanumanthappa, a resident of Betadur who had joined the army 13 years ago, chasing his dream even after being rejected earlier at some army recruitment rallies.Earlier, Hanumanthappa’s body that was kept at KIMS Hospital in Hubballi last night was shifted to Nehru Ground in the city, where hundreds of people arrived in an unending stream and paid their homage.Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Union Minister Ananth Kumar, Home Minister G Parameshwara, several state ministers and leaders of political parties paid their last respects.The body was brought to Betadur village in Kundagol taluk of Dharwad district in a procession in its final journey. Siddaramaiah visited Betadur to meet Hanumanthappa’s family members and consoled them.The body of 33-year-old Hanumanthappa,who epitomised grit and determination having survived miraculously under 30 feet of ice and snow under which he was buried for six days, was brought to Hubballi last night from Delhi where he breathed his last after a valiant battle for life.The Chief Minister had yesterday announced an ex-gratia of Rs 25 lakh for the bereaved family. He had also announced a site, land, job for Hanamanthappa’s wife and memorial for the brave heart.Karnataka government has said that similar compensation will be given to two other soldiers from the state- Mahesh from Mysuru, Nagesh from Hassan who have died in the Siachen tragedy.

Nation pays tribute to Siachen braveheart Lance Naik Koppad; last rites today

The last rites of Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad, who passed away on Thursday are being held at his native village in Dharwad district on Friday with full state honours. Koppad battled for life since his miraculous survival in Siachen.

The body was kept at KIMS hospital in Hubbali initially before being shifted to Nehru Ground in Bengaluru for public viewing before last rites on Friday afternoon at Betadur village in Kundagol taluk of Dharwad district in north Karnataka.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will pay his last respects, the CM’s office said. Koppad was given full state honours.

Reacting to the death, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “He leaves us sad and devastated…The soldier in you remains immortal.”

Rahul Gandhi said, “His extraordinary spirit and tenacity, till the very end, is an inspiration for all. My thoughts and prayers are with his bereaved family.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi also expressed deep shock and profound grief over the death of Koppad.

“During his life, the braveheart son of India united the entire nation in praying for him and has every citizen grieving for him today,” she said.

“He fought till his last displaying utmost valour, courage and determination, which is the hallmark of our Armed Forces,” she said in a message extending her deepest condolence to Koppad’s family and loved ones.

Condoling Koppad’s death, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her sadness. “Saddened by news of Lance Naik Hanumanthappa. Brave soldier gave supreme sacrifice for the nation. Salute to him & his colleagues who died,” Banerjee tweeted.

Union Minister and former army chief VK Singh said that “it was a miracle for anybody to survive for six days buried under an avalanche, under 35 feet of snow.”

Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit also reacted to the soldier’s demise and said that it was time that India and Pakistan addressed this issue of lives being lost in Siachen.

“We hope the Siachen issue is treated in an urgent manner between our two countries so more lives aren’t lost,” ANI quoted Basit as saying.

Koppad was the lone survivor among 10 soldiers buried by an avalanche on Siachen on 3 February.

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.

With inputs from agencies

Siachen braveheart Lance Naik Hanamanthappa: Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah, citizens pay tribute to soldier

The body of Siachen braveheart Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad arrived at Hubli in Karnataka on Friday where citizens have begun paying their respects to him, before his remains are taken to his village in Dharwad for last rites.The district administration made preparations for people to pay their final respects to Koppad at the Nehru Stadium in Hubli and later at Betadur Government High School after 11.30 am. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will also be present for the last rites of Koppad at his village in Betadur, in Dharwar. He was present at the Hubli airport when the soldier’s body arrived. “Its a great loss to the country and I condole the role of Mr Hanamanthappa,” said Siddaramaiah after paying his tribute to the martyr. People began paying tributes to the brave soldier.Hanamanthappa, who was miraculously found alive after remaining buried under huge mass of snow for six days at the Siachen Glacier, passed away at Army’s Research and Referral Hospital at 11.45 a.m. on Thursday.After the demise of Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad, who passed away at Army’s Research and Referral Hospital here this morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was proud that martyrs like the Siachen braveheart served India. “He leaves us sad and devastated. RIP Lance Naik Hanumanthappa. The soldier in you remains immortal. Proud that martyrs like you served India,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted.

Nation mourns as Siachen hero loses final battle, last rites in Karnataka today

Unaware that her father refused to entertain one more miracle and left to another world to rest in peace, Netra, the year and a half old daughter of Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Kopad asked for the notepad of a fellow reporter and played with it while hundreds, with moist eyes, paid their tributes to the brave-heart at Brar Square in Delhi Cantonment here on Thursday.Kopad, who was miraculously pulled out alive on Monday night from under the 25-30ft debris of an avalanche, six days after getting buried, breathed his last at 11.45 am at the Army Research & Referral (R&R) Hospital here.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He died despite being put to “maximal life support with aggressive ventilation and dialysis” at R&R, where round-the-clock efforts were being made by a panel of Army doctors and specialists from AIIMs to resuscitate him since Tuesday morning, after being flown in there from Siachen Glacier.He suffered from kidney and liver dysfunction since the day of arrival at the hospital and kept sinking. On Wednesday, chances of his survival dropped when doctors found oxygen deprivation in his brain.Kopad’s shattered wife Mahadevi and 62-year-old mother Basamma, who had flown in from his home district of Dharwad in Karnataka, were by his side when he breathed his last. When the news of Kopad being alive had first come, even as nine of his fellow soldiers from 19 Madras Regiment died in the February 3 avalanche, his family had called it a ‘miracle’ and ‘rebirth’ for him.On Thursday, as a hearse carried his body out of the hospital to Brar Square, an inconsolable wife and mother followed in another vehicle. “He had spoken over the phone to us in the village and enquired about our well-being just a day before the avalanche,” one of his relative, who too came to Delhi to be by his side said.Kopad was serving in Siachen, the world’s highest battlefield, since December 2015. The post that he and his fellow soldiers were guarding was at 19,600 feet and faces temperature well below minus 40 degrees Centigrade and winds up to 100 km and hour.While Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his grief on the Siachen miracle man’s death, defence minister Manohar Parrikar and three services chiefs laid wreaths on his mortal remains wrapped in Tricolour.Kopad’s body was flown to his home state in an Indian Air Force special aircraft later in the evening. His funeral will take place before sunset on Friday.The soldier, who cleared Army recruitment board’s selection in his fourth attempt to join the 19 Madras Regiment, served 10 out of his 13 years of service in difficult and challenging terrains.Meanwhile, efforts to bring out mortal remains of nine others from Siachen base camp, who died in the avalanche, was hampered on third consecutive day on Thursday due to bad weather. According to the forecast, weather will clear only after another 4-5 days.

As families wait, nine martyrs’ remains still stuck in Siachen

Nine days on, the hostile weather conditions are hampering the evacuation of bodies of nine martyrs from the world’s highest battlefield of Siachen.Tragedy had struck the glacier on February 3 when 10 Indian army soldiers including a junior commissioned officer (JCO) were swept away by a massive avalanche that buried their Sonam post at an altitude of 19,600 feet.Army rescuers had pulled off a miracle when they extricated Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad of Madras regiment alive from the huge blocks of snow and ice on Monday night. Hanumanthappa later passed away in Army Research and Referral Hospital, New Delhi on Thursday.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The bigger challenge, however, remains for the Indian army – to airlift the bodies of nine martyrs from the glacier. Inclement weather and hostile conditions are hampering the air operations, even as martyrs’ families are waiting for the mortal remains of their dear ones.Of the 10 slain soldiers, four hailed from Tamil Nadu, three from Karnataka and one each from Maharashtra, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh. The slain have been identified as Subedar Nagesha TT, Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad, Sepoy Mahesha PN (all from Karnataka), Havildar Elumalai M, Lance Havildar S Kumar, Sepoy Ganesan G and Sepoy Rama Moorthy N (all from Tamil Nadu), Lance Naik Sudheesh of Kerala, Sepoy Mustaq Ahmed of Andhra Pradesh and Sepoy Nursing Assistant Suryawanshi SV of Maharashtra.Battling frequent snow blizzards, extreme freezing temperatures and low visibility, the rescue teams had cut through 30 feet of ice at multiple locations to trace out the soldiers. Specialised rescue teams, heavy snow cutters and other equipment including state of art radars were airlifted to the site to locate the soldiers buried under the snow. Indian army said blocks of snow and ice had fallen on the post, burying it very deep into the glaciated area.The glaciated area presents temperatures ranging from a minimum of minus 42 degrees in the night to maximum of minus 25 degrees during the day.Situated at the eastern tip of Ladakh, Siachen literally means the Land of Wild Roses. Famous as the highest battlefield in the world, Indian Army is holding posts at unimaginable heights across the largest non-polar glacier in the world. Indian Army has lost hundreds of soldiers to weather vagaries, including avalanches and frost bites, in the last 30 years.

Final journey of Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad

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Lance Naik Hanamanthappa was ‘demonstration of exemplary courage and power’: President Mukherjee

President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday condoled the demise of Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad, who passed away at the Army’s Research and Referral Hospital in Delhi, and said that the Siachen survivor was a hero who demonstrated exemplary willpower and courage in the face of adversity.”I am deeply sad to learn about the passing away of your son, Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad. Lance Naik Koppad was a hero who demonstrated exemplary will power and courage in the face of adversity,” President Mukherjee said in his message to the Lance Naik’s mother Basamma Koppad.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”He made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty. In this moment of grief, the sympathies and condolences of the entire nation are with your family and you. The nation shall always remember Lance Naik Hanamanthappa for his bravery and indomitable spirit,” he added.Conveying his heartfelt condolences, the President said, “Please accept my heartfelt condolences and convey them to the members of your family. I pray to the Almighty to give you and your family the strength and courage to bear this irreparable loss.”Vice President Hamid Ansari also condoled the Lance Naik’s demise and said that he was the symbol of grit, determination and the indomitable spirit of the Indian armed forces.”I am extremely saddened to learn of the demise of Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad earlier today. A survivor of the mishap at Siachen, he had come to symbolize the grit, determination and the indomitable spirit of the Indian armed forces,” Vice President Ansari said.”I join the nation in praying for eternal rest for the departed soul and in offering solace and fortitude to the members of the bereaved family,” he added.He also commended the valiant effort of the army rescue team, which tried their best to save the life of the Siachen braveheart.”The role of the Army rescue team and the doctors and staff of the Army (Research & Referral) Hospital in making the valiant effort to save Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad have been commendable,” he said.Minister of State for External Affairs General (Retd.) V.K. Singh on his part said that it would have been a miracle for the second time in six days had the Siachen braveheart survived.”It was a miracle for anybody to survive for six days buried under avalanche, under 35 feet of snow. It required another miracle to survive and we really feel bad that this miracle did not happen second time,” General (Retd.) Singh told ANI.Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah also condoled the Lance Naik’s demise, saying ‘despair followed by joy only to have that replaced by despair again’.”Double tragedy for #LanceNaik #Hanumanthappa’s family, despair followed by joy only to have that replaced by despair again. May he RIP,” Omar tweeted.Meanwhile, a wreath laying ceremony is being held at Delhi’s Brar Square where the three defence chiefs namely, Army Chief Dalbir Singh Suhag, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha and Navy Chief Admiral R.K. Dhowan would pay their tributes to the Indian braveheart.Four days after he was found alive in Siachen, Lance Naik Hanamanthappa died in the hospital this morning. He is survived by his wife Mahadevi Ashok Bilebal and a two-year-old daughter.

Sand sculpture at Puri beach to pray for Siachen braveheart

Noted sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has created a sand sculpture at Puri beach to pray for the speedy recovery of Siachen braveheart Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad.Jotting “get well soon” on five-feet tall sculpture, Pattnaik prayed for Hanumanthappa.About four tonnes of sand was used in the making of the sculpture replete with image of glaciers of Siachen.”I pray to Lord Jagannath for his speedy recovery.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Students of my sand art institute and hundreds of school children also are praying together for our hero Hanumanthappa,” Pattnaik said.The condition of Lance Naik Koppad, who defied death for six days buried under snow, today deteriorated even as a team of experts from AIIMS joined in the efforts to save his life.In a release, the Defence Ministry said that he continues to remain critical with evidence of oxygen deprivation to the brain. There is also evidence of pneumonia in both his lungs.His multi-organ dysfunction state continues unabated. The condition of Lance Naik Hanamanthappa was reviewed by the team comprising of Critical Care specialists, HoD Department of Medicine, senior nephrologist and the senior neurologist and a panel of experts from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

Siachen avalanche survivor man Hanumanthappa sinking; condition extremely critical

The best is not proving good enough for Siachen miracle man Lance Naik Hanumanthappa, whose condition deteriorated on Wednesday at Army Research and Referral (R&R) Hospital here, where he was flown in a day before.The lone survivor of an avalanche at the world’s highest battlefield, Siachen Glacier, on February 3, is being attended by a team of medical specialists from R&R hospital and AIIMS.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as the country holds its breath for him to get well and his family by his side, Hanumanthappa, who was pulled out alive on Monday night from under the 25-30ft debris of avalanche six days after getting buried, “continues to remain extremely critical with evidence of oxygen deprivation to the brain”, Army said.According to a health bulletin issued on Wednesday – second in the day – by R&R hospital, “There is evidence of pneumonia in both lungs. His multi-organ dysfunction state continues unabated. His condition has deteriorated despite aggressive therapy and supportive care.”Earlier in the day, Army said the medical team treating him at R&R is monitoring his situation continuously and using the best expertise and resources available.Five members of the family, including his wife Mahadevi Ashok, and 62-year-old mother Basamma reached Delhi on Tuesday night to be with Hanumanthappa who along with nine other soldiers of 19 Madras regiment were guarding the Sonam post located at an altitude of 19,500 feet in the northern glacier of Siachen when an 800 feet by 400 feet ice wall fell on them.While he was extricated out of the ice, the rest died and their mortal remains found. However, bad weather at the Indian Army base camp in Siachen hampered their remains to be carried back to their homes.”When weather permits, we will airlift their bodies from the glacier,” Defence Ministry spokesperson Nitin Wakankar said.

India unites in prayers for Hanamanthappa Koppad as Siachen braveheart battles for life

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Soldier rescued from Siachen in coma, remains ‘extremely critical’, says army statement

New Delhi: The Indian Army soldier, found alive six days after being presumed dead under 35 feet of snow in Siachen, is currently in comatose state and continues to be in shock with low blood pressure, an army statement released on Tuesday said.

The soldier, Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad, has been put on ventilator in ICU, and remains “extremely critical”, the medical bulletin said.

Lance Naik Hanumanthappa. Image courtesy: IBNLiveLance Naik Hanumanthappa. Image courtesy: IBNLive

Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad. Image courtesy: IBNLive

“He has been placed on a ventilator to protect his airway and lungs in view of his comatose state. He remains extremely critical and is expected to have a stormy course in the next 24 to 48 hours due to the complications caused by re-warming and establishment of blood flow to the cold parts of the body,” the bulletin said.

“He has pneumonia and his investigations have revealed liver and kidney dysfunction. Fortunately there was no cold exposure related frost bite or bone injuries to him,” it said.

“He is being treated by a team of intensivists, neurologists, nephrologists, endocrinologists and surgeons. He has been treated with fluids and drugs to bring up his blood pressure,” the bulletin said.

IANS

Siachen survivor: The fact that the soldier is alive after 6 days under snow is truly a miracle

The odds were so against him that only the caprice of Fate saved Lance Naik Hanumanthappa. The fact that he is alive after six days under ice and snow is not a miracle. It is unbelievable.

And yet it happened. He should have gone into hypothermia and deep frostbite. Frostbite is so abominable and so irreversible. I have seen it on three sherpas on the Nun Kun climb who were blocked from reaching down to Camp II by an avalanche. The digits of the hand or foot just turn black and a sort of gangrene sets in. There is no thawing, nothing one can do but lop off that part.

Lance Naik Hanamanthappa. Sameer Yasir/Firstpost

Lance Naik Hanamanthappa. Sameer Yasir/Firstpost

This soldier is still fighting for his life. How the hell did he make it this far?

For one, Nature gave him an air pocket under the ice fall. He must have had the presence of mind to do three things. He must have dug deep around his face to increase the air supply. This act is made more workable by the heat from spittle. Keeping his wits about him, he then may have performed a freestyle swimming exercise to ‘float’ to the top level of the ice so he was not crushed. He had enough insulation in his clothing to keep him from freezing, an indicator that our troops are well equipped.

One of the exercises you are taught when you are at high altitude is that if you are hit by an avalanche, try to ‘reach for the sky’. That means one arm over your head reaching skywards. You might be noticed if a hand is sticking out and you will have given yourself space to spit. Expedition leaders also advise that if you can, you urinate so the heat causes a melt.
It is also possible that having not yet been told where he was found, one can surmise that he was tossed to the periphery of the fall because it is at the centre where the avalanche is at its worst.

Just like the rapids you try to hold onto something like a rock sand wrap yourself around it and the force of the ice can throw you anywhere.

This said, all this amounts to very little and is more academic and workable only in limited falls. Under controlled circumstances, all this is possible. When you are being tossed about like a leaf in a storm, it doesn’t hold water. Lance Naik Hanumanthappa beat the most incredible odds and there is no case on record where anyone has survived six days under ice.
It is not explainable. It really isn’t. Spit and space may have played cameo role for the first two hours but after that, it is impossible really to find scientific basis for his survival.

You have to believe in God, whichever one you wish.

And we can only bow our heads in humility and the Power that kept him alive and hope he gets okay. He came this far he has to make it.

For ever and a day, he epitomises the spirit of mankind and the josh that spurs the Indian army.

Siachen miracle: PM Narendra Modi visits soldier who miraculously survived avalanche

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday went to Army’s Research and Referral Hospital here to see Lance Naik Hanumanthappa who was miraculously found alive after remaining buried under huge mass of snow for six days at Siachen Glacier. “Going to see Lance Naik Hanumanthappa, with prayers from the entire nation,” Modi tweeted just before visiting the hospital. Thappa was flown here from Siachen Glacier this morning in a special air ambulance and admitted to the Research and Referral Hospital. His condition is critical but stable and he is undergoing various tests in the hospital, army sources said. Hanumanthappa, who hails from Karnataka, was found alive yesterday, 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. The temperature at that altitude was minus 45 degrees Celsius.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nine other personnel at the post, including a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO), of Madras Regiment have died, according to Lt Gen D S Hooda, Northern Army Commander. “Five bodies have been recovered so far and four bodies have been identified,” he has said. JCO), of Madras Regiment have died, according to Lt Gen DS Hooda, Northern Army Commander. “Five bodies have been recovered so far and four bodies have been identified,” he has said.

Siachen Miracle Rescue: Sorry guys, the video you’re sharing on Facebook and Whatsapp is fake!

Even as Lance Naik Hanumanthappa, the lone survivor among the 10 soldiers who were buried alive by an avalanche at Siachen, was flown to Delhi on Tuesday, a video claiming to be of the rescue operation has been doing the rounds on social media. The video shows a person being dug out from the snow by several people and is being shared widely on Facebook and Whatsapp. However, there is no confirmation of the authenticity of the video or if it is from the rescue operation that found Hanumanthappa on Monday. The official handles of the Indian Army have also not verified the video as genuine. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>
ALSO READ Here’s what the Indian Army and Air Force are confronted with in the Siachen GlacierWhile the video may not be of the Indian Army operation, it still looks like a miraculous rescue, as some people said on Twitter.Meanwhile, Thappa was flown to Delhi from Siachen Glacier on Tuesday in a special air ambulance and admitted to the Research and Referral Hospital. His condition is critical but stable and he is undergoing various tests in the hospital, army sources said.Hanumanthappa, who hails from Karnataka, was found alive on Monday, 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. The temperature at that altitude was minus 45 degrees Celsius.
ALSO READ Siachen miracle: Rescued soldier flown to Delhi hospital, wife says she wants to see himNine other personnel at the post, including a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO), of Madras Regiment have died, according to Lt Gen D S Hooda, Northern Army Commander. “Five bodies have been recovered so far and four bodies have been identified,” he has said. (With Agency Inputs)