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Mysuru still awaits its brave soldier’s mortal remains

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Mysuru: Three soldiers from Karnataka were buried in the deadly avalanche that struck an Indian Army post last week in the Siachen glaciers. Of the three soldiers, the mortal remains of Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad, who was rescued after six days has reached his native town. But the kin of other two soldiers have been still awaiting for their brave sons’ bodies.
Sepoy P N Mahesh (29) from Mysuru was killed in the disaster and his body has been recovered but it is yet to be brought down from the glacier because of bad weather.

The dreams of the kin of the brave soldier to see him alive has shattered after the army declared that all the soldiers were buried under the icy grave. They are now hoping to see at least his body.

Meanwhile, the villagers have blamed the district administration for not taking any action in the direction of speeding up the arrival of the mortal remains of Mahesh to his native village. Except few officials visiting the bereaved family, no other representative has visited the house of the brave soldier.

What added to villagers’ contempt is the fact that Mahesh hails from CM Siddaramaiah’s home constituency and that despite the CM being in Mysuru a few days ago, he did not deem it appropriate to visit the grieving family members.

The locals have been alleging that the political leaders are busy with thier campaigning for the upcoming elections and have no time to console the brave soldiers family.

Mahesh who was on duty had been to his native village four months ago and stayed for two days. He had told the family that he would return in April in holidays, recalled his uncle Basappa.

The family of Mahesh moved to HD Kote about 35 years ago. His father who was a primary school teacher lived in HD Kote even though they hail from Pashupathi village in Krishnarajanagar taluk. He died a while ago and the land was looked after by his brothers. Mahesh had dreamt of serving Indian Army and was selected in 2005 after passing both physical and written test at the army selection rally, says his family.

The family is now waiting for the mortal remains of the young soldier.

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