Medical student killed in Armenia, CM MP secures aid to bring body home

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Family members of a 27-year-old medical student, who was allegedly murdered in Armenia days ago, have urged the Madhya Pradesh government to help bring the body of the deceased home to perform the last rites . They had received information about Ashutosh Dwivedi’s death from the Indian Embassy in Armenia on August 29.

Since the family learned of Ashutosh’s alleged murder, they have requested help from the central and state governments. Dwivedi was pursuing medical studies at a medical school based in Armenia. A family member told IANS that Dwivedi went to Armenia in 2020 and was a fourth-year medical student.

The family of the deceased lives in a village in Teonthar assembly constituency in Rewa district of Madhya Pradesh. Her father is a teacher at a public school in the district. A family member said they received information that Ashutosh had been murdered and Armenian police also arrested a 45-year-old in the case. However, the family does not yet know why Ashutosh was murdered.

The family have urged Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to help bring the body home as soon as possible. “Ashutosh’s father is a public school teacher in the Teothar area and the family cannot afford the cost of a special plane to fly the body back to Delhi or Bhopal. We have urged the state government to help in this regard,” said Rakesh Tiwari, a cousin of Ashutosh.

BJP MLA for Teonthar Assembly, Shyamlal Dwivedi, who is also a relative of the deceased, has written to the office of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister about the matter. Speaking to IANS on Wednesday, he said: ‘I received a call from Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan yesterday, and he assured that the state government would provide all possible assistance to bring the body back to the home. After the CM’s call, a senior official in his office also advised that the state government would bear all expenses to bring the body home. I am grateful to our CM for his helping hand.

According to reports, Dwivedi’s body was found in Yerevan (Armenia’s capital) by police on August 28 near a store in an area called DeWitt Beck Street.

Reports suggest Armenian police have arrested a 45-year-old man named Balwinder Singh involved in the alleged murder.

Rewa District Collector Manoj Push said on Wednesday that “efforts are being made to bring back the body of Ashutosh Dwivedi. Discussion held with senior state government officials. We are also in regular contact with the Armenian Embassy in Delhi.

However, the family did not yet know exactly when the body would be transported from Armenia to New Delhi and they are awaiting a response from the authorities on this matter.

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