Monday, March 07, 2022

Bengaluru student brings dog from Ukraine after minister's intervention

Ranjit Reddy, an MBBS student, brought his pet dog from war-torn Ukraine to Delhi on Monday, after receiving special permission from Union Urban Development Minister Hardeep Puri.

“I faced a lot of problems as the dog was not allowed on two evacuation flights. I was finally able to board the third flight after Puri spoke to the Indian Embassy and airline officials,” Reddy told DH.

Reddy, a native of Electronic City in Bengaluru, is a 6th year MBBS student studying in Kharkiv. Reddy said that him along with a few friends reached Hungary in a personal car after three days of travel and crossing more than a 100 check posts.

"After reaching Hungary, the officials refused to allow the dog citing it is big and required a huge space in the flight. Then I pleaded with the Minister and assured to keep the dog on my lap instead of a seat," the Bangalore-resident added.

Puri was deputed by the Central Government to Hungary to oversee Indian residents' evacuation task. Reddy said that he was so attached to Yogo the Chow Chow, a native of northern China.

"Though the dog lives in a cold region, it can survive in Bengaluru," he assured.

However, Reddy failed to catch the Bengaluru flight on Monday. Though Karnataka Bhavan officials booked a free air ticket for him, the particular flight refused to allow him as it did not have facilities to arry pets.

07/03/22 Ajith Athrady/Deccan Herald

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