‘Situation in Bishkek normal’, says Indian embassy days after targeted attacks on Indian students | India News

NEW DELHI: The Embassy of India in Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday reassured that all Indian students are safe as the situation in Bishkek remains normal after incidents of mob violence, mainly involving Pakistani students and locals, rocked the Kyrgyz capital on the night of May 17.
“The Embassy has been working actively with the universities and senior government functionaries to address the concerns of the Indian students.Two helplines 0555710041 and 0555005538 have been functional 24×7 where students can continue to reach out to the Embassy for all kinds of assistance,” the embassy said in a press note.
“Every year a large number of Indian students join medical and other universities in the Kyrgyz Republic for further studies. At the moment, about 17,000 Indian students are in the Kyrgyz Republic spread across many cities but most of them are in Bishkek,” it added.
Meanwhile, the embassy has also urged the students and their families to not to pay attention to rumours being spread by some mischievous element.
“Air connectivity between Bishkek and Delhi remains operational and flights to India can also be availed via Almaty, Dubai, Istanbul, Sharjah and Tashkent. The local transport to Manas International Airport in Bishkek remains accessible to Indian students,” the embassy further said.
On May 13, local students of Kyrgyzstan were involved in a skirmish with Egyptian and students from the Arab countries. In this incident a Kyrgyzstan student was reportedly injured.
The situation got worse as on May 16, when foreign students were targeted and later attacked. Following this incident, mobs started targeting international students, particularly those from India and Pakistan.
Groups of locals attacked the students even as they shouted for help and pleading to go.
An Indian national who called up the Indian embassy late on Friday night told the official that they were in dire need of help and security. In the attacks, at least 14 Pakistani students reportedly suffered injuries.
As many as 8,000 to 10,000 Indian students and more than 11,000 students from Pakistan who are pursuing medical studies in Kyrgyzstan.

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