Nation mourns Siachen braveheart Lance Naik Hanumanthappa, last rites today at home town in Karnataka

Hundreds of people have gathered the house of Siachen braveheart Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad at Betadur village in Dharwad district of Karnataka to mourn his death.

Hanumanthappa’s body has been kept at Nehru stadium in Hubli for people to pay homage to the brave soldier.

His body will be taken to his native village in the afternoon where his last rites will be performed at around 1 pm.

When  Hanumanthappa’s mortal remains were brought on road from Hubbali airport around midnight, wrapped in a casket and draped in tri-colour, his extended family plunged into grief even as his brother and close relatives broke down.

The 33-year-old braveheart lost the battle for life three days after he was rescued from a Siachen glacier at the world’s highest and coldest battlefield where he was buried under 35 feet in ice for six days after an avalanche struck his camp on February 3.

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