KIEV, Ukraine (Diya TV) — Two Indian medical school students were stabbed to death on Sunday in Ukraine, another student sustained serious injuries in the attack, the government said on Monday. All three of the 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.
India’s Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup said the attack on the students was carried out by three Ukrainian nationals at around 3 a.m. Sunday. 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 and documents of the three Indian students and blood-stained knife were reportedly recovered from the Ukrainian nationals,” Swarup said.
He said the Indian Embassy at Kiev was informed of the attack around 11 a.m. Monday. Officials are still gathering facts from the police and university officials.
“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.