A BJP MLA from Hubli-Dharwad constituency in Karnataka has made a shocking statement on the Indian student killed in Ukraine saying that a dead body occupies more space in a plane. BJP MLA Arvind Bellad’s atrocious video has now gone viral on social media.
Speaking to reporters, Bellad said that the BJP government at the Centre was making all efforts to bring the mortal remains of Naveen from Ukraine. “The government is putting in effort to bring back the mortal remains of Naveen. Ukraine is a war zone and everyone is aware of it. Efforts are being made and if possible, the body will be brought back,” Bellad was quoted by NDTV as saying.
His statement came days after Naveen Shekharappa Gyanagowda, a resident of Karnataka, was killed in Ukraine during heavy Russian shelling in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. He was in his final year of medicine at Kharkiv National Medical University.
When asked about efforts to bring back the mortal remains of Naveen a student who died in #Ukraine , BJP MLA Aravind Bellad says a body occupies more space on the flight & 8-10 people can be accommodated instead. Reiterates that efforts on.#UkraineRussianWar #OperationGanga pic.twitter.com/x2C4BLLI9J
— Deepak Bopanna (@dpkBopanna) March 4, 2022
Ballad said, “While it is very challenging to bring back those who are alive, it has become even more difficult to bring back the dead because a dead body will consume more space on the flight. Instead, eight to 10 persons can be accommodated in place of a dead body, which would consume more space.”
The Indian government has come under severe criticism from both the opposition and stranded students for not acting fast to evacuate the stranded students. Though the Narendra Modi government has sent four cabinet ministers to the neighbouring countries of Ukraine, some of the evacuated students have argued that there was no need to send ministers to the neighbouring countries after students had managed to leave the warzone in Ukraine. These ministers, they said, should have been in Ukraine to assist the evacuation of Indian students.