Provocative | From Ukraine, Buddy of Indian Pupil Killed in Kharkiv Tells News18 about His Final Moments

Naveen's father, who lives in Karnataka, told News18 that he had spoken to his 21-year-old son on Monday night when he advised him and his roommates to remain safe and venture out only when the curfew is lifted. (Image: News18)

Naveen’s father, who lives in Karnataka, informed News18 that he had spoken to his 21-year-feeble son on Monday evening when he informed him and his roommates to dwell safe and accomplishing out handiest when the curfew is lifted. (Image: News18)

Srikanth Channegowda said that Naveen Shekhargouda Gyanagoudar had gone to the nearest supermarket to stock up on food as the neighborhood of company stuck in a basement was running out of affords amid the battle.

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  • Final Updated: March 01, 2022, 19: 37 IST

“We had been all drowsing when Naveen stepped out to steal food for all of us. We had been hungry as the curfew did no longer allow us to dawdle delivery air. We had dawdle out of food and he went out to receive us some,” said a sobbing Srikanth Channegowda, the last person to focus on to Indian student Naveen Shekhargouda Gyanagoudar, who was killed in Ukraine’s Kharkiv metropolis that has been hit by intense shelling and gunfire from advancing Russian forces.

Speaking completely to News18 from Ukraine, Srikanth described the gathering of events that resulted in the guidelines of the loss of life of his just appropriate friend.

He recalled how Naveen, who was consistently an early riser, will must absorb stepped out as quickly as the sun got here up. Naveen and his roommates had decided to dawdle to the closest supermarket to stock up on food as they had no longer eaten the old evening. Their affords had depleted.

“I known as him round 8am. That’s when he informed me he was looking to receive as powerful food as that that you may well judge. He asked me to switch some money so that he may steal more. I despatched him 800 hryvnia (roughly Rs 2,000). I informed him to come quickly. He said he’ll dawdle abet. That was the final thing he informed me,” said Srikanth who had change into easiest company with Naveen over the last four years.


Srikanth said that after ten minutes, he saved calling Naveen on his phone, nonetheless it with out a doubt remained unanswered. After some time, a lady who spoke in Ukrainian picked up the choice and she or he was crying uncontrollably, he said.

“I asked a one who understood the native language to translate. That’s after we knew that Naveen had been killed. What we don’t know is whether or no longer or no longer he died as a result of shelling or by a gunshot. There was no shelling at round 8am. We don’t know the place his physique is?” said Srikanth, choking with emotion.

After the battle broke out, the roommates moved to a bunker in the basement of their constructing and had been surviving on frequent food love gruel and upma.

Of the nine roommates, 5 left the bunker on Monday evening to circulation in direction of the western border of Ukraine and board a flight to India. Naveen and three others decided to defend abet till they can also receive abet from the Indian authorities. The company who had been left in the abet of had been to originate a plan to dawdle away the build after consulting with their families.

Help house in Karnataka, Naveen’s father is inconsolable. After having misplaced his job in a producing facility sooner or later of the pandemic, Shekhargouda Gyanagoudar grew to alter into into an agriculturist to originate ends meet. He had spoken to his 21-year-feeble son on Monday evening when he informed Naveen and his roommates to dwell safe and accomplishing out handiest when the curfew is lifted.

“I steadily informed him to plot close care of himself. He asked me no longer to ache. He was a courageous boy, nonetheless then he furthermore informed us that there was no abet for the college students holed up in bunkers in Kharkiv. They had been watching for the embassy officers to ship them a automobile and circulation them to a safer build,” Shekhargouda informed this reporter over the phone from his house in Haveri, Karnataka.

Naveen had visited his parents in Haveri six months ago and warranted them that he would come abet to India and change into a “appropriate doctor”. “He had beautiful 6 more months left earlier than he performed his course. He had such an dazzling heart and would consistently abet any individual in want,” the anxiousness-troubled father said.


Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai and senior BJP leader BS Yediyurappa spoke to Naveen’s family and warranted the whole support of the authorities.

“We desired to give Karnataka a son who’s ready to heal of us. Now all we demand the authorities is to raise our son’s physique abet so that we may give him a final farewell,” said Naveen’s father.

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