- Lance Naik Hanamanthappa died in hospital earlier today: Army
- The 33-year-old soldier is survived by his wife and 2-year-old daughter
- Lance Naik Hanamanthappa had survived six days under 25 feet of ice
He is survived by his wife, Mahadevi Ashok Bilebal, and a two-year-old daughter.
The soldier's body has been taken to the capital's Brar Square, where a wreath-laying ceremony will be held between 5.15 and 5.30 this evening. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and the three service chiefs will pay tribute to Lance Naik Hanamanthappa at the ceremony. Prime Minister Narendra Modi could also attend, sources said. Also present will be Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
The Lance Naik's body will be then be taken to his village Detdor in Dhadwaad, Karnataka, for last rites tomorrow.
Tributes are pouring in for the braveheart as India salutes him. PM Modi said on Twitter:
He leaves us sad & devastated. RIP Lance Naik Hanumanthappa. The soldier in you remains immortal. Proud that martyrs like you served India.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 11, 2016
"The soldier in him will continue to inspire generations," said Army chief General Dalbir Singh.
Lance Naik Hanamanthappa spent six days buried alive under 25 feet of ice at the Siachen glacier after an avalanche came crashing down on the military post at Sonam.
He was found in the fibre-reinforced hut that served as a base at 19,600 feet on the glacier. Lying next to him were the bodies of nine soldiers from his regiment.
Rescue workers endured gruelling conditions for a courageous and tireless effort to find the 10 soldiers who went missing after the massive avalanche ripped over the post on February 3 in Siachen, known for its unforgiving environment.
The soldiers had been declared dead by the army and the government, partly why the discovery of Lance Naik Hanamanthappa, who survived in an air pocket created under the ice, was dubbed "the Siachen miracle."
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