Bengaluru: India grieved when it found that a medical student from Haveri District Naveen Shekarappa Gyanagouda died while stepping out of a bunker to fetch food in war-torn Ukraine. Concerned parents have asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure a ceasefire in the eastern European country till their children come home safely.
According to sources, the local BJP MP has also been accused of failing to respond to SOS calls from stranded students. Naveen’s uncle claimed that he was caught in the shelling and died immediately when he stepped out of his bunker to exchange currency and get some food. He also said that Naveen, along with others from Karnataka, was stranded in a bunker in Kharkiv. When Naveen called his father on Tuesday March 1, he said there was no food or water in the bunker.
Soon after the incident, a Ukrainian woman picked up Naveen’s phone and said its owner was being taken to a morgue, informed a student coordinator in Kharkiv. He lived close to the Governor’s House and had been in line for food. The Governor’s House was blown up by an air raid, and he was killed, as a result, informed the student coordinator.