Nagpur: Wife of Siachen braveheart Hanamanthappa Koppad, Mahadevi Ashok Bilebal wants their only daughter to join the Indian Army when she grows up. 33-year-old Lance Naik Hanamanthappa, who epitomised grit and determination, was miraculously pulled out alive from under 30 feet of ice-and-snow debris where he lay buried for six days on the unforgiving Siachen glacier. He died on February 11.
Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad's wife and daughter. Pic/PTI
“I do not have a son but have no regrets for I have a lovely daughter. And I have one wish - to raise her into a strong Indian who will join the Indian Army when she grows up. That will be the true tribute to her brave father,” the young widow of Hanamanthappa said here on Thursday, where she along with the jawan’s mother Basamma were felicitated.
Hanamanthappa’s brother Shankar Gowda was also present on the occassion, where Kanchan, wife of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, presented a cheque of R1 lakh to the jawan’s family.