Bangladeshis among South Asian students attacked in Kyrgyzstan

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Published: May 18, 2024, 09:52 PM

Bangladeshis among South Asian students attacked in Kyrgyzstan

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 Several Bangladeshi, Indian and Pakistani students have reportedly come under attack by violent mobs in Kyrgyzstan‍‍`s capital, Bishkek, reports BSS.

Pakistan‍‍`s mission in Bishkek said a few hostels of medical universities in Bishkek, where students from India, Bangladesh and Pakistan reside, have been attacked amid the violence, which broke out on Friday night.

The Kyrgyz government said four foreign citizens have been arrested following mob violence in Bishkek on the night of May 17-18 that injured at least 28 people, including several foreigners, and appeared to be directed against foreign students and migrants.

The violence prompted diplomatic reactions from Pakistan and India, who have warned their students in Bishkek to remain indoors.

The violence broke out after a video purportedly showing Kyrgyz students fighting medical students from Egypt on May 13 was widely shared online, according to Radio Free Europe.

Mobs gathered in several spots in Bishkek on Friday night after users on social media claimed those who were beaten were Kyrgyz youths.

On Saturday, a number of Bangladeshi students reached out to UNB seeking help for their safety.

“We are here, five Bangladeshi girls. We are inside our apartment right now. Some people are gathering in front of our apartment. Please help us," Samia Kabir, one of the Bangladeshi students at International School of Medicine, Kyrgyzstan, told UNB on Saturday evening.

"We have been asked by the authorities to stay inside. We hear some noises from other apartments nearby…some Pakistanis are likely to be there," Samia added.

"Our mission in Uzbekistan is looking into the matter. So far, we have not received any reports of injuries of any Bangladeshis. We are in touch with our Mission. We will share a complete report soon," a senior official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Dhaka told UNB.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic in a statement said that at present the situation in Bishkek is "absolutely calm and fully under control".

"All necessary measures have been taken to ensure security and maintain peace and stability," it said.

It also asked representatives of the media, the blogging community and foreign colleagues to be guided only by official and verified information from the competent authorities of the Kyrgyz Republic.

‍‍`Situation under control‍‍`

The Embassy of Bangladesh in Uzbekistan, concurrently accredited to the Kyrgyz Republic, has said the situation in Kyrgyzstan is under the control of the law enforcing agencies, as per information released by the relevant state authorities.

However, the Bangladeshi students have been advised to stay indoors for the moment and get in touch with the Embassy for any issues in this regard at the following 24x7 emergency number: +998930009780.

The Embassy of Bangladesh in Uzbekistan  is in communication with Bangladeshi students, currently studying in Kyrgyz Republic, regarding the recent incident of mob violences in Bishkek, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Dhaka on Saturday night.

The Embassy is also in touch with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyz Republic on this matter.

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