The mortal remains of nine soldiers who died in an avalanche on Siachen glacier were on Saturday brought down to Siachen base in Ladakh sector from where they will be later taken to Leh after the weather clears.
In what displays the valour and undying spirit of Indian soldiers, the Army on Friday said that despite losing ten of its personnel in the recent avalanche in Siachen the troops will not be withdrawn from the highest battle field in the world.
With the death of Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad and nine of his comrades, India has lost nearly one soldier every month due to avalanches or extreme climatic conditions in the Siachen Glacier, since first sending troops to the contested Himalayan area 32 years ago to counter the Pakistani Army.
The last rites of Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad, who passed away on Thursday after battling for life since his miraculous survival in Siachen, will be held at his native village in Dharwad district tomorrow with full state honours.
The village of Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad plunged into grief as he passed away today after battling for life since his miraculous survival in Siachen, with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah leading the state in paying homage to the braveheart from Karnataka.
Indian Army's brave soldier Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad, who was dug out alive after being buried under ice for six days in the Siachen glacier, attained martyrdom on Thursday. He breathed his last around 11:45 AM at Delhi's Army Research and Referral Hospital.
Siachen avalanche miracle survivor Hanumnathappa Koppad's condition has deteriorated as he is still in coma, the latest medical bulletin issued by Delhi's Army Research and Referral Hospital's doctors said.
Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad, who is in a critical condition after miraculously surviving six days buried under snow on the Siachen glacier, chose difficult areas over "peace" postings and fought for 10 years in conflict areas.