Two Indian students at a medical college in Ukraine were on Sunday stabbed to death while another sustained injuries in the attack, the government said Monday. All three students are from Uttar Pradesh.
“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 said in a tweet.
MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said the attack on the (Indian students in Uzhgorod Medical College, Ukraine) was carried out by three Ukrainian nationals at around 3 am in the morning of Sunday, April 10.
Shandilya was a third year student, while Singh was a fourth year student at the college.
“Based on his (Chauhan’s) statement, the police apprehended the Ukrainian nationals who were trying to cross the Ukrainian border. Passports/documents of the three Indian students and blood-stained knife were reportedly recovered from the Ukrainian nationals,” the MEA spokesman said.
He said the Indian Embassy at 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.
Meanwhile, Sushma said the Indian Embassy is in touch with authorities and monitoring the case. “My heartfelt condolences to bereaved families. We promise them all help,” the minister said.