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Nation pays tribute to Siachen braveheart

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and three service chiefs paid their last respect to Siachen braveheart Lance Naik Hanumanthappa at Brar Square here on Thursday. Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia were also among those who paid their last respects to the Lance Naik.

Hanumanthappa, who was miraculously found alive after remaining buried under huge mass of snow for six days at the Siachen Glacier, passed away at Army's Research and Referral Hospital at 11.45 a.m. today. Condoling the demise of Lance Naik Hanamanthappa, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Thursday assured government's full support to the Siachen braveheart's family.

A medical bulletin released by Army's Research and Referral Hospital earlier today had said that Lance Naik Hanamanthappa, who hailed from Betadur village in Kundagol taluk of Dharwad district, slipped into deep coma despite 'maximal life support with aggressive ventilation and dialysis'. Lance Naik Hanumanthappa was flown to Delhi on Tuesday morning in a special air ambulance and admitted to the Army's Research and Referral Hospital.

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