New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday condoled the death of Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad who passed away at a hospital here after battling for his life for two days.
“I am deeply sad to learn about the passing away of your son, Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad,” the president said in a message to the soldier’s mother Basamma Koppad.
“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.”
The president, who is also the supreme commander of the armed forces, said that Koppad was a hero who demonstrated exemplary will power and courage in the face of adversity.
“Koppad made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty. In this moment of grief, the sympathies and condolences of the entire nation are your family and you,” he said, adding the nation shall always remember Kopppad for his bravery and indomitable spirit.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi also expressed shock and grief at the death on Thursday of Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad, noting he had fought till the last.
“I express deep shock and profound grief the death of Lance Naik Hanumanthappa. During his life, the braveheart son of India united the entire nation in praying for him and has every citizen grieving for him today. He fought till his last displaying utmost valour, courage and determination, which is the hallmark of our armed forces,” she said in a statement.
Koppad, who was rescued alive after being buried under snow for six days in the world’s highest battlefield, the Siachen glacier, died of multi-organ failure at an army hospital here.