Ground Report | New Delhi: Tamil youth Ukraine army; A 21-year-old from Tamil Nadu, who was twice rejected by the Indian army, is now fighting in the Ukrainian army against the invading Russian troops.
Intelligence reports received by the Union government have revealed that young Tamil Sainikhesh Ravichandran from Thudaliyur in Coimbatore is an aerospace engineering student at Kharkiv National University in Ukraine.
Tamil Nadu police sources said that a group of officers from the central intelligence bureau had visited Sainikhesh’s residence a couple of days ago and collected all the details about him and why he had joined the Ukrainian army.
His parents, according to police officers, had informed intelligence detectives that he had a passion for military and armed training. They also showed his room filled with pictures of Indian military and officers.
According to the police officers, Sainikhesh had consulted with the US consulate in Chennai to join the US military, but knowing that it was not possible, he had returned home.
Family members, however, said he was actively pursuing his five-year aerospace engineering course and had told them a few days before the war broke out that he had gotten a job at a video game development company.
The family sent an email to the Indian embassy in Ukraine asking about Sainikhesh. Initially, there was no response. After a couple of days, the embassy contacted the family and sought Sainikhesh’s details. To their relief, Sainikhesh contacted them and assured them that he was safe. He expressed his desire to continue in paramilitarism. Multiple attempts by his family members to convince him failed.
“We are in a terrible situation now. Please don’t ask about my son,” said his father Ravichandran, 52. His mother Jhansi Lakshmi, 48, is a housewife and his younger brother Sairohit, 17, is a Class XII student. The family plans to meet with state and union government officials to help bring their son back.
With inputs from IANS