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Russia Ukraine War ; Indian student Naveen killed in Kharkiv was waiting in queue to buy food during air strike

Mar 1, 2022

Naveen hails from Chalageri in Haveri district of Karnataka.

Twenty-one-year-old Naveen Shekharappa Gyanagoudar, a student from Chalageri village in Karnataka, was standing in a queue at a supermarket in Kharkiv, Ukraine, to buy food, when there was Russian shelling.

Naveen, a fourth-year medical student at the Kharkiv National Medical University, was near the Governor House in Kharkiv on March 1, Tuesday, when the shelling began. He died in the airstrike, the Indian government said, confirming the deceased student’s identity.

Dr Pooja, a coordinator for Indian students in Kharkiv for a private company, told journalist Aditya Raj Kaul that Naveen’s phone was found by a Ukrainian woman, who called and informed Naveen’s friend that the owner of the phone had been sent to the morgue since he was killed in the blast.

MEA officials have reached out to Naveen’s family in Karnataka and informed them that his body has been transferred to a morgue. However, an MEA official also told the family that they cannot give any assurance on whether the body can be brought back to India.

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai also reached out to Naveen’s father, Shekargouda, and offered his condolences. “This is a tragedy. We are coordinating with MEA officials. We are making all efforts to bring back his body. You need to be brave,” he told Naveen’s father.

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