Hundreds of people gathered at Nehru Ground in Hubballi to pay their last respects to braveheart Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad, who passed away on Thursday after battling for life since his miraculous survival in Siachen.
His body was brought Hubballi last night. Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah along with his Cabinet colleagues H. K. Patil and Vinay Kulkarni, Opposition leader in the assembly Jagadish Shettar, among others, received the body at the airport on Thursday.
The state government announced an ex-gratia of Rs 25 lakh for the bereaved family. Siddaramaiah has also announced a site, land, job for Hanamanthappa's wife and memorial for the braveheart, the CM's office said.
Hanamanthappa will be buried with full state honours, Dharwad district in-charge Minister Vinay Kulkarni had earlier said.
The last rites will be performed in the afternoon at Betadur village in Kundagol taluk of Dharwad district in north Karnataka.