Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday visited Army Research and Referral Hospital to see Lance Naik Hanumanthappa, soldier who was miraculously found alive after the rescuers of the army in Siachen spotted a body in an enclosed sphere under 25ft of snow.
Modi went to Army’s Research and Referral Hospital soon after Hanumanthappa was airlifted from Siachen andprayed for his best.
“No words are enough to describe the endurance & indomitable spirit of Lance Naik Hanumanthappa. He is an outstanding soldier,” he tweeted.
“Team of doctors is attending to Lance Naik Hanumanthappa. We are all hoping & praying for the best,” Modi added.
The Lance Naik was flown here from Siachen Glacier thismorning in a special air ambulance and admitted to the Research and Referral Hospital.
His condition is critical but stable and he is undergoing various tests in the hospital, army sources said.
Just before visiting the hospital, the Prime Minister tweeted: “Going to see Lance Naik Hanumanthappa, with prayers from the entire nation.”
Hanumanthappa, who hails from Karnataka, was found alive yesterday, buried under 25 feet of snow for six days after an avalanche hit his post at the altitude of 19,600 feet close to the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan. The temperature at that altitude was minus 45 degrees Celsius.
Nine other personnel at the post, including a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO), of Madras Regiment have died, according to Lt Gen D S Hooda, Northern Army Commander. “Five bodies have been recovered so far and four bodies have been identified,” he has said.
(with input from agencies)