As the tragic news of Hanamanthappa's demise broke, a large number of relatives, friends, villagers and media contingent gathered near his home at Betadur village in Kundagol taluk of Dharwad district in north Karnataka.
While Mahadevi, Hanamanthappa's wife along with his daughter and close relatives were in Delhi, the other family members in the village were inconsolable.
Siddaramaiah, who was addressing a rally in Bengaluru for the February 13 Hebbal Assembly segment by-polls, paid his homage to the brave soldier by observing two minutes of silence and said that he had sacrificed his life for the country.
The CM said that he had already spoken to officials at Karnataka Bhavan in Delhi and asked them to provide all assistance to Hanamanthappa's family, including making arrangements for a special flight to bring them back to the state.

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