Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Siachen Survivor Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad's Latest Health Update: Army Hospital Releases Medical Bulletin
|Siachen Survivor Lance Naik Hanamanthappa|
New Delhi, 09 February 2016
"L/Nk Hanamanthappa K of 19 MADRAS, was buried under 35 ft of ice and snow at 20500 ft for five days since the avalanche at Siachen on 03 Feb 16. He was rescued from the site on 08 Feb 16. On recovery, he was found to be conscious but drowsy and disoriented. He was severely dehydrated, hypothermic, hypoxic, hypoglycemic and in shock. He was immediately resuscitated by the doctors at the site, who had been there for the past five days in the hope of a survivor.
He was treated with warm intravenous fluids, humidified warm oxygen and passive external rewarming. He was flown out from the site on 09 Feb 16 by helicopter along with a Medical Specialist to the Siachen base camp, from where he was brought to the Thois air base. He was then transferred to Delhi by a fixed wing aircraft of the IAF along with a Critical Care Specialist of the IAF and Medical Specialist from the Siachen Base Camp.
|Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Army Chief |
General Dalbir Singh at Army R&R Hospital in New Delhi
Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and General Dalbir Singh, COAS visited Army Hospital Research and Referral (R&R) and commended the brave heart for his indomitable mental robustness and his refusal to give in to harsh elements of nature.
"No words are enough to describe the endurance & indomitable spirit of Lance Naik Hanumanthappa. He is an outstanding soldier. Team of doctors is attending to lance Naik Hanumanthappa. We are all hoping and praying for th best", said Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his statement.
|Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad,|
Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad of Madras Regiment, who was buried under ice with 9 other Indian Army soldiers for 6 days miraculously survived. Indian Army rescuers has found him alive under 25 feet ice in a consistent search and rescue operation launched in the aftermath of avalanche that hit the Indian Army post in Siachen Glacier in early hours of 3rd February. According to sources Lance Naik Hanamanthappa is currently on ventilator on his way to Army R&R Hospital in Delhi. His survival under is termed as “Siachen Miracle” by various experts. All Indians are praying for his early recovery. Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad is resident of village Betadur in Dharwad District of Karnataka.
|Spot in Siachen where avalanche hit Indian Army Post (file)|
“In the ongoing rescue operation at Siachen, of the ten soldiers buried under ice Lance Naik Hanamanthappa has been found alive, all the other soldiers are regrettably no more with us”, said Lt. General DS Hooda, Army commander, Northern Command. “The medical condition of Lance Naik Hanamanthappa is critical but all attempts are being made to evacuate him to RR hospital in the morning. We hope the miracle continues. Pray with us”, said Lt. Gen. Hooda in his official statement released late night.
"These 10 soldiers were in a prefabricated shelter (Army post). When about 25 to 30 feet snow and ice fell on the shelter, the structure collapsed giving way to the formation of some air pockets. These men were burried in snow with wood, snow and other things over them. This one man was frozen on ground but because of air bubble, he could manage to breath and hence survived the most inhospitable disaster", says Lt. General (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain, who served as Commanding Officer in Siachen and recently retired as Military Secretary from Indian Army.
|Spot where Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad|
was burried under tonnes of ice (file)
Earlier, Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar and Army Chief, General Dalbir Singh Suhag had passed on condolence messages. However, search and rescue operation by Indian Army continued and reinforcement with equipment including radar was sent for the recovery of possible survivors.
"The search and rescue efforts from Army were on from the time avalanche incident came to the notice of Indian Army. Given the situation, wherein whole ice wall had fallen on the post and all 10 soldiers burried alive, it is pertinent and a general practice that Prime Minister, Raksha Mantri pass general condolence messages", adds Lt. General Hasnain.
“It is a miracle and one can assume that ‘God is Indian’. How did he manage to have air pockets with tonnes of pressure over him is nothing less than a miracle”.
“He must have had grits and courage to survive under minus 40 degree almost like in a situation trapped in deep freezer”. One can just pray that he recovers and does not get any long term disability”, adds Air Vice Marshal (Retd) Manmohan Bahadur, director, Centre for Air Power Studies, who carried out multiple rescue operations in Siachen Glacier while in service.
Monday, February 8, 2016
Udhampur (J&K), 08 February 2016
After intense and exhausting search operations, which has entered its sixth day, rescue parties have hit the Camp Site and recovered the mortal remains of one Martyr.
A new camp has been established at the location to coordinate the rescue efforts as well as to continue vigil in the sensitive area. Rescue teams are cutting through upto thirty feet of ice at multiple locations where our soldiers could be buried.
Probable locations are identified by using specialised equipment which was inducted along with the rescue teams. Reports from the ground indicate the efforts are hampered by frequent snow blizzards, extreme freezing temperatures and low visibility apart from the effects of rarefied atmosphere in such high altitude.
The teams are working round the clock and observing all precautions since the unstable ice and snow in the region could trigger fresh avalanches. Rescue efforts will continue till all our soldiers are found.
Guwahati, 08 February 2016
The Army troops at Chirang were successful in eliminating another top leader of NDFB(S). In the early hours of 08 Feb 16, Army and Assam Police launched an operation based on specific input about presence of a Hardcore NDFB(S) terrorist. The party laid an ambush in suspected area, near Edenbari village in Chirang District of Assam.
The terrorist entered into the laid ambush site and on being challenged, the terrorist fired on the ambush party with an automatic weapon. In the retaliatory fire the terrorist was injured and immediately evacuated to District Hospital Chirang, where he was declared dead.
The terrorist has been identified as Uday Narzary alias Khilikhang.He was the self styled Platoon Commander of NDFB(S). he was trained with the 35th batch and was wanted by the NIA in connection with Adivasi massacre at Saralpara in December 2014.
One AK-56 Rifle, some rounds and 31,000/- rupees were recovered from the eliminated terrorist.
New Delhi, 08 February 2016
Government sources have told that India is to confront Pakistan with the fresh evidences provided by David Headley. India is mulling on sending a fresh dossier to Pakistan to nail the 26/11 masterminds. The evidences being given by Headley is admissible in Indian court and Pakistan can no longer say that India is short of evidences. As this evidence is not only more important than a evidence taken under section 164 CRPC but this is the terrorist approvers evidence which will corroborate the circumstantial evidences. Government sources added that it is time Pakistan stops being defiant and stop their sham investigation and be honest in booking the plotters of 26/11 attack in Mumbai.
Earlier, David Headley has made sensational revelations via video conferencing in a Mumbai court where the proceedings started sharp at 7:15 am. David Headley was connected via video conferencing to depose before special judge GA Sanap. Top cops of Mumbai Police were also present in Court.
Questions asked by Public Prosecutor Ujjawal Nikam from David Headley were in Q & A Format. Headley was asked by Ujwal Nikam to take oath following which David Headley had taken oath. Headley accepted that he speaks English, Hindi and Urdu.