Haveri: The stranded Indian students are still stuck at the nearest Railway station in Kharkiv in the war-torn Ukraine where they had marched by foot in the morning, a student’s father said on Wednesday.

“My son Amit along with his cousin Suman and others somehow managed to reach the Railway station but is stuck there,” Venkatesh Vaishyar told PTI.

The latest advisory issued by the Embassy of India in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv asked students stuck at Kharkiv Railway station to proceed by foot to Pisochyn, Babai and Beslyudivka by 6 pm on Wednesday.

“I have no clue what’s happening there but he was stuck in Kharkiv Railway station. The first train took women and girls and the second left with the Ukrainians.

The third has not arrived yet though the advisory says everyone must reach the three locations by 6 pm which indicates that something terrible may happen after 6 pm,” he said.

Meanwhile, Harsha S G, elder brother of Naveen S G who was killed in shelling in Kharkiv in Ukraine on Tuesday morning, said, “We are glad that everyone is returning home alive but we want to see his (Naveen) face because my parents want to see him.”

Naveen, a fourth-year medical student in the Kharkiv Medical College ventured out of his bunker to get some food, water and exchange currency notes when he was killed in the shelling.

According to him, the parents saw him six months ago and were not able to speak to him due to poor connectivity.

“He used to speak to the parents two to three minutes. I appeal to everyone that when you are putting in so much effort to bring those who were with him, please try at the earliest to bring the dead body,” an emotional Harsha told reporters.

He said the officials have been telling him that the body is safely preserved in the mortuary in Kharkiv but there was no word on bringing it to India.

Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai told reporters in Bengaluru that he will make sincere efforts to bring Naveen’s body back to India.

“I will speak to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and the Indian Embassy in Ukraine to get updates of the efforts to get Naveen’s body. We will make a serious effort,” Bommai said.

According to him, the Indian officials have intensified their efforts to evacuate people stranded in Kharkiv, especially students.

Bommai said 26 aircraft would be pressed into service to bring the stranded people back to India. The students have been asked to come from different directions.

Regarding compensation to Naveen’s family, Bommai said his government can do anything but the priority right now is to bring the body to India.

“Whatever is in our hand we will do it. We will certainly give compensation. The family is in pain. We have to get the body first for which we have intensified our efforts,” he said.

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