Mortal remains of medical student killed in Ukraine reaches Karnataka


Naveen’s body has been kept for public display. It will be taken out for a procession in his village at around 1 pm. The parents have reportedly decided to donate the body to o medical college in the state.

Karnataka CM pays homage to Naveen Shekarappa in Bengaluru on Monday

Bengaluru: Mortal remains of medical student Naveen Shekarappa Gyanagoudar reached Karnataka on Monday. Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai along with family members of Naveen received his body at Bengaluru airport. The family members paid their last respects to Naveen followed by the Chief Minister, who laid a wreath on the body.

The flight carrying the body of Naveen landed at the airport at around 3 am and has been sent to his native village in the Haveri district of Karnataka. Naveen’s body has been kept for public display. It will be taken out for a procession in his village at around 1 pm. The parents have reportedly decided to donate the body to o medical college in the state.

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“I thank the Central Government for making efforts on bringing back the body of Naveen Shekharappa Gyangoudar, who was killed in a shelling attack in Ukraine. It’s unfortunate that we lost him in the shelling,” Bommai said while addressing the press outside the airport.

On Friday, the Karnataka CM had informed that the body of Naveen who died in a shelling attack in Ukraine will come to Bengaluru airport on Monday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on March 13, had directed authorities to make all possible efforts to bring back the mortal remains of Naveen. Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai had visited Naveen’s family at his village in Haveri district and handed over a cheque of Rs 25 lakh as compensation to Shekharappa. He had assured to be in constant touch with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), other concerned authorities in the national Capital as well as the Ukrainian ambassador to bring back the body.

Naveen was in a bunker in Kharkiv, a city of Ukraine which was turned into a war zone. On March 1, he had gone out in the morning to exchange currency and to fetch some food when he was caught shelling happened, in which he was killed instantaneously.

Naveen was a native of Chalageri in Karnataka’s Haveri district and was a medical student of Kharkiv National Medical University and was the fourth year of his course. His father Shekarappa Gyanagouda has been demanding his son’s body to be brought to India for final rites since report of his death broke out.

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