Lights off… Locked myself in room to save life, listen to the pain of Indian students stranded in Kyrgyzstan

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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New Delhi : Indian students are in panic due to the attacks targeting foreigners in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. Indian students have spoken out about violence targeting foreigners. Students say that most of the students are hiding in their rooms. In view of the violence, schools have postponed the examinations. In such a situation, many people are desperate to return to their country. Most of the approximately 10,000 Indian students in Kyrgyzstan study medicine.

'Hostel lights have been switched off'

A second-year MBBS student from Beed, Maharashtra, said the attack took place at a hostel just 2.5 km from his home on Friday night. He told our associate newspaper Times of India from Bishkek that video clips of the attack were being circulated. This is spreading panic. Another youth from Indore, a third-year MBBS student in the same college, said that it has been more than 24 hours that we have switched off the lights in our hostels. He told that many of us could not even go to the canteen for breakfast. The college administration is delivering food to the hostel. We have been instructed to stay indoors.

The health of Indian students is being monitored in Bishkek. Now the situation is said to be calm. I advise students to keep in regular touch with the Embassy.

S Jaishankar, Foreign Minister

…then we will die of hunger

The situation was even worse for students living alone. The student from Indore said that if the situation does not improve soon, he will die of hunger. Students are scared of going from hostel to college after one of them was attacked by a taxi driver. We want to return to India. A student from Delhi said that the attackers are thinking only on the basis of skin colour. Insia Hussain, a second-year MBBS student in Osh, 350 km from Bishkek, talked about the tragic moments. Insia said that our semester examination to be held on Saturday has been postponed. Insia's father Amir Hussain, who lives in Beed, said that she was to return home after May 27. Aamir said that we are in constant touch so that he does not feel alone.

We are in touch with our students. The situation is calm at present, but students have been advised to stay indoors and contact the embassy in case of any problem.

Indian Embassy, ​​Bishkek

change in university hostel

A student from Nalgonda, Telangana, said she and some others have shifted to the university hostel from their private residence in Bishkek, 30 km away. He said on the phone that although there is security in the university, we are scared of the people spreading hatred in Bishkek. The Indian Embassy in Kyrgyzstan has advised students to stay indoors and call the 24X7 helpline 0555710041.

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