The mortal remains of medical student Naveen Shekarappa Gyanagouda, who was killed in a suspected Russian missile trike in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, will arrive at the Bengaluru international airport from the war-hit country on Sunday. Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said the body of the deceased will arrive at 3 am.
The state government has given financial aid of Rs 25 lakh to the deceased’s family. Naveen, a 21-year-old student from Karnataka’s Haveri district, was studying medicine in Ukraine and was killed during Russian shelling in the war-torn Kharkiv city on March 1.
He was killed when he stepped out of his bunker to exchange currency and fetch some food, his uncle Ujjanagouda had claimed.
Earlier, Naveen’s mother had made an emotional plea to the government to bring the mortal remains of her son home. “We could not see our son alive, at least his body should be brought back at the earliest. Since yesterday, you (the media) have been running around this. Had you done the same a week ago, my son would have returned alive,” the mother said.
Naveen’s father, Shekarappa, who was comforted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi after his son’s demise, had also requested to safely bring back students stuck in Ukraine at the earliest, as they are assets to the country.
Shekarappa became the first Indian casualty in the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine.
(with inputs from IANS)