Nation Prays For Brave Solider From Hubballi Who Cheated Death for 120 Hours

Published: 09th February 2016 08:30 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th February 2016 09:29 PM   |  A+A-

HUBBALLI: The entire nation joined in the prayers of the family and friends of Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad, who was pulled out from under tonnes of snow on the Siachen glacier where an Indian Army post was swept away by an avalanche six days ago.

While nine other personnel perished in the avalanche, a 150-strong rescue team despatched to Siachen found Hanumanthappa barely alive.

The soldier hails from a small village named Betadur located 20 km from Hubballi.

While his survival under snow with temperatures falling to -45 degrees Celsius, without any life support, food and water is itself a miracle, people around the country prayed for yet another miracle what with doctors describing his condition as "extremely  critical"

Lt Gen D S Hooda, Northern Army Commander said, “We hope the miracle continues. Pray with us.”

Inspired by the soldier's endurance, ordinary people express across the country joined in the family's prayers.


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