Sonia writes to Siachen avalanche survivor’s mother, prays for his well-being

New Delhi : Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday wrote a letter to the mother of Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad, who was miraculously found alive after remaining buried under huge mass of snow for six days at Siachen Glacier, and prayed for his well-being.

“I was deeply pained to know about the death of ten brave soldiers of the Indian Army in the horrific avalanche in Siachen. But the news about your son has shown a ray of hope. Living in insurmountable circumstances in a place like Siachen, the soldiers brave against all odds to save our country, any appreciation is less for them,” Gandhi said in her letter to the Lance Naik’s 62-year-old mother.

“I pray to lord that he cures such a brave heart quickly so that he can start his routine activities and serve this nation yet again. I once again pray for Lance Naik Hanamanthappa’s quick recovery and long life,” she added.

Lance Naik Hanamanthappa is currently in a comatose state and continues to be in shock with low blood pressure, an army statement released on Tuesday said.

The soldier has been put on ventilator in the ICU of Army’s Research and Referral Hospital here and remains “extremely critical”.

Lance Naik Hanamanthappa, who hails from Karnataka, was flown to Delhi on Tuesday morning in a special air ambulance and admitted to the hospital. (ANI)