Violence erupts in Kyrgyzstan hostel, Indian students urged to stay indoors

New Delhi: A violent altercation in a hostel in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, has resulted in the tragic deaths of at least four Pakistani students, with many others sustaining serious injuries. Amidst the chaos, Pakistani students have raised concerns over the lack of assistance from both the Pakistani Embassy and local authorities in Kyrgyzstan. Allegations have also emerged regarding the insufficient medical care provided to the injured students in hospitals.

The Indian Embassy in Kyrgyzstan issued a warning urging Indian students to stay indoors in light of a series of attacks targeting foreign students. These attacks were triggered by online videos showing a fight between Kyrgyz and Egyptian students on May 13, impacting students from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. The Embassy emphasized the importance of student safety in a message posted on its official social media account, advising students to remain indoors and contact the Embassy in case of any issues.

In response to the escalating situation, Minister of External Affairs S. Jaishankar echoed the Embassy’s message on social media, emphasizing the need for Indian students to stay connected with the Embassy. Both the Embassy and the Ministry of External Affairs continue to closely monitor the events unfolding in Kyrgyzstan to ensure the safety and security of Indian students in the region. The safety and well-being of all students are of paramount importance, with efforts being made to address the concerns raised by students from various countries affected by the violence.