Remembering the bravehearts who got buried in Siachen snow

first_imgA ‘RAMBO’, a sharp mind, a sharpshooter and a few footballers were among the heroes of Siachen’s Sonam Post, one of the trickiest on the world’s toughest frontier. At a time when the nation is mourning the tragic death of braveheart Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad, details have emerged about his nine other colleagues, the unsung heroes who were buried alive in the Siachen glacier when an ice wall broke over their post on February 3. Inclement weather prevented their bodies to be airlifted from the Sonam post at 19,600 feet for 10 days. It was only on Saturday when their mortal remains could be brought to the Siachen base camp in helicopters. There mortal remains will be transported to Leh from where they will be taken to their hometowns and villages.Each one of them of the 19th battalion of the Madras regiment was a hero in his own right.Subedar Nagesha TT, the man commanding the post, was popularly known as ‘Rambo’. Extremely fit, this former commando of the National Security Guard (NSG) would often carry weapons and load of his fellow soldiers earning the tag. Nagesha was an old hand in Siachen having served in the glacier since August 2015. His experience made him the obvious choice to command the highest posts at an altitude of 19,600 feet. He has left behind his wife Asha and two sons Amit TN, 6, and Preetham TN, 4.Havildar Elumalai M made his mark as a highly intelligent None Commissioned Officer (NCO) in the battalion. He had cleared his examination for promotion. Elumali motivated others with his communication skills and that made him a natural choice for the posting at Sonam. Elumalai is survived by his wife E Jamuna Rani and two sons E Kavirasu, 6, and four-year-old E Sri Priyadarshan. A single stint in Siachen is considered to be a feather in the cap for a soldier but Lance Havildar S Kumar was one of those rare soldiers who served in the glacier twice. He was in the glacier as a young soldier in 1999-2000 and chose to return to be with battalion again in 2015. His sense of humour is part of battalion folklore. His wife Kavita and eightyear-old son Riyash await the return of his mortal remains.If S Kumar was jovial, Lance Naik Sudheesh B had a knack for picking up any sport. He was called ‘all-in-one’ as he would excel in just any sport and earned laurels for the battalion. He is survived by his wife Salumul P.advertisementSepoy S Mustaq Ahmed from Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh was another sports enthusiast of 19 Madras. He was at the forefront of taking any challenge and had volunteered to be part of the Siachen mission. He is also survived by wife S. Nasimun.Sepoy Mahesha PN was part of batallion’s football team. He is survived by his mother Sarvamangala and younger brother Manjunath. Sepoy Rama Moorthy N had joined the battalion only seven years ago and in the short span had made his mark as a courageous and hardworking soldier. He got married recently to Sunita.Among the batallion’s new entrant was sepoy Ganesan G from Madurai who joined the service in 2010. He was the youngest soldier of the battalion at Sonam Post. Nursing assistant Suryavanshi SV had the task of taking care of the medical needs of the soldiers. He had joined the field hospital in 2013.Also read:RIP Siachen avalanche survivor Hanamanthappa Koppad 10 Army jawans missing after avalanche in Siachen, rescue work onlast_img

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