Kyrgyzstan violence: Embassy shares THIS update on Indian medical students. Details here

  • As many as 17,000 Indian students are currently in the Central Asian country. Most of them live in Bishkek, the capital city, according to the Indian Embassy in Kyrgyzstan.

Written By Karishma Pranav Bhavsar
Updated24 May 2024
Kyrgyzstan Violence: Bishkek, the Kyrgyz capital city, reported mob violence targeting international students, especially from South Asia. (File image: Screengrab from the video posted on X)
Kyrgyzstan Violence: Bishkek, the Kyrgyz capital city, reported mob violence targeting international students, especially from South Asia. (File image: Screengrab from the video posted on X)

The Indian Embassy in Kyrgyzstan on May 24 shared an update on the Indian medical students in the Central Asian country after Bishkek, the Kyrgyz capital city, reported mob violence targeting international students, especially from South Asia.

Taking to social media, the Indian embassy has said that it is working with medical universities in the region to facilitate the transport of Indian students to the nearest international airport to allay their concerns. The embassy also added that the situation in Bishkek continues to remain calm.

The embassy wrote in a post on X, "Situation in Bishkek continues to remain calm. However, upon the request of Indian medical students, the embassy is working with medical universities in the Kyrgyz Republic to arrange for their transport to the nearest international airport to address their concerns.”

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“Students should contact their respective Medical Universities in this regard. In case of any issue, the Embassy can be reached on the helpline numbers 0555710041, 0555005538,” the embassy added.

In Bishkek, clashes had broken out between foreign students and locals, with reports indicating the use of batons by attackers. International students, including Indians, were wounded after attackers forcibly entered hostel rooms.

Every year, a large number of Indian students join medical and other universities in Kyrgyzstan to pursue further studies. At the moment, about 17,000 Indian students are in the country spread across many cities, though most of them are in Bishkek.

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On May 23, the Indian Embassy in Kyrgyzstan said that the situation in Bishkek has returned to normal, with no restrictions on movement. However, the family members of Indian students have been urging the government to bring their children back to the country.

While speaking to news agency ANI, the father of Shivani Tamboli, an Indian student in Kyrgyzstan, said, “This incident happened on May 18. There was a lot of panic atmosphere at that time and since the army and police forces have also arrived in Bishkek, so now the atmosphere is not like before. Students have been asked not to go out. The college management is delivering food and water to the hostels. Now, the classes will be conducted online, and students have been asked to go back to India.”

Also Read: Kyrgyzstan Violence: From why it happened, to an update on the students, and India's response — All you need to know

Ayesha Shirin Roy, a 4th-year MBBS student, is stuck in Kyrgyzstan amid the violence. Her Aunt, Susanna, told ANI, "My niece lives there. She is a fourth-year MBBS student. She is caught up in the prevailing violence and riots and is spending anxious days. Earlier, we would often stay in touch with her over the phone. However, after the prevailing cycle of violence erupted, we spoke last night, but there has been no contact since 5 in the morning."

(With inputs from ANI)

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