Friday, February 12, 2016

India to bid a tearful farewell to Siachen hero

India will bid a tearful farewell to Siachen hero Hanamanthappa Koppad on Friday when his last rites are performed at his native village in Karnataka with full state honours including a 21-gun salute.

The 33-year-old lance naik of the Indian Army passed away in a hospital in Delhi on Thursday, ten days after he miraculously survived an avalanche in the icy heights of Siachen which also killed nine of his fellow-soldiers.

The survival and rescue of Hanamanthappa from under a 35-feet ice sheet had gripped the nation’s attention and sparked patriotic frenzy among the people unseen since the 1999 Kargil war.

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