Friday, March 04, 2022

'Doesn't matter if you send charter plane after I am dead': Injured Indian student in Ukraine appeals for help

New Delhi: Harjot Singh, the Indian student who sustained multiple bullet wounds in Ukraine, on Friday shared a video slamming the Indian Embassy for failing to provide any help to him.

Singh, who has been receiving treatment at a Kyiv hospital in war-torn Ukraine, said that no support has been given to him yet by the Indian Embassy.

"I have been trying to get in touch with them, every day they say they will do something but no help yet," he said in the video.

Narrating his ordeal, the Indian student said the incident occurred on February 27.

"We were three people travelling in a cab on our way to the third checkpoint where we were told to return due to security reasons. While coming back, multiple bullets were fired at our car due to which I sustained multiple bullet injuries," he said.

Appealing to the Indian government to send help, Harjot Singh said, "It doesn't matter if you send a charter (plane) after death... God has given me a second life, I want to live it. I request the embassy to evacuate me from here, provide me facilities like a wheelchair, help me with documentation."

Following his appeal, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) announced that the government of India will be bearing expenses for Harjot Singh's medical treatment.

"We are trying to ascertain his medical status... Our embassy is trying to get an update on his health status...trying to reach out but facing trouble as it's a conflict zone," stated the MEA.

Ukraine's airspace is shut since February 24, and India has been evacuating its citizens by special flights from the country's western neighbours including Romania, Hungary and Poland.

04/03/22 TimesNow

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