Three Indian medical students stabbed; two dead, one injured

NRI case - External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi, April 12: Two Indian students at a medical college in Ukraine were stabbed to death while another sustained injuries in the attack even as the police have apprehended some Ukraine nationals in the case.

“I am sorry two Indian students Pranav Shandilya of Muzaffarnagar and Ankur Singh (Ghaziabad) were stabbed to death in Ukraine on April 10. Inderjeet Singh Chauhan (Agra) is recuperating in hospital,” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted.

She said based on the statement of Chauhan, the police have apprehended Ukraine nationals while they were trying to cross the Ukraine border. “Passports/ documents of the Indian students and blood-stained knife were reportedly recovered” from them, MEA Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.

“Our Embassy is in touch with authorities and monitoring the case. My heartfelt condolences to bereaved families. We promise them all help,” the minister said.

The students, who were from Uzhgorod Medical College (Ukraine), were stabbed by three Ukrainian nationals at around 3 AM in the morning of Sunday, yesterday, Swarup said.

Shaindilya was a third year student while Singh was a fourth year student at the college.

He said Indian Embassy in Kiev was informed of the incident around 11 AM yesterday and it has been trying to ascertain the facts from the police, the University authorities and other local contacts.

“The Embassy has spoken to the families of the two deceased students. All necessary actions are being taken to complete the formalities for sending the two bodies to India.

The Embassy is also taking up the matter related to safety of Indian students strongly with the Foreign Office of Ukraine,” said Swarup.

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