Naveen Shekharappa Gyanagoudar, an Indian national killed in the Russian shelling of Kharkiv on Tuesday, was a fourth-year medical student at Kharkiv National Medical University, Indian Foreign Minister Harsh Shringla told a news conference Tuesday evening.
“He had moved to get groceries and currency when he was killed,” his cousin Kantesh Gyanagoudar told CNN on Wednesday, adding that Naveen had planned to leave for Poland later that day.
Shringla said Naveen was in line buying groceries from a store when he was hit by shelling.
Naveen had spoken to her father moments before going out to shop and to her mother earlier Tuesday morning, Kantesh said.
His body was in his university morgue on Tuesday evening, Shringla said, adding that Indian officials were in contact with local authorities to repatriate his body.
“We are calling on the Indian government to bring Naveen’s body back as soon as possible. And to bring back all the Indian students. We don’t want this incident to happen again,” Kantesh said.
The Indian Prime Minister “expressed his deep anguish at the loss of the life of an Indian national”.
Shringla added that he had spoken with the ambassadors of Russia and Ukraine to “strongly” reiterate the “demand for safe and urgent passage for all Indian nationals who are still in Kharkiv and other other towns in the conflict zone”.
A bit of context: So far more than 9,000 Indian nationals have been evacuated while a “considerable number” are now in safer areas, an Indian official said on Tuesday.
Earlier on Tuesday, India’s embassy in Kyiv urged its citizens to leave the capital urgently as the Russian military convoy approached the city, satellite imagery from Maxar Technologies showed.