CM Sai speaks to Chhattisgarh students in Kyrgyzstan and assures all help

File image of Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Vishnu Deo Sai (Photo: PTI)

Prime Minister Vishnu Deo Sai has spoken to some students from Chhattisgarh studying in Kyrgyzstan after the incidents of violence there and assured them of all possible help and safe return to India.

As many as 15,000 students from India, including 70 from Chhattisgarh, are pursuing medical and other courses in Kyrgyzstan, officials here said in a press release issued on Wednesday evening.

Last week, India asked its students in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek to stay indoors, days after mobs attacked foreigners in the city, raising concerns about Indian students there.

CM Sai spoke to students Vijay, who hails from Chhattisgarh’s Bilaspur district, and Shivani, who hails from Janjgir-Champa district, over the phone on Wednesday.

He inquired about their well-being and asked them to take care of themselves, a public relations department official said.

The CM told them that the Indian government is in constant touch with the Kyrgyz authorities and the students should not worry.

Sai asked the students to contact the Chhattisgarh government if they needed any kind of help and assured that the state and central government are standing by them in this difficult situation.

β€œThe students informed the CM about the tense situation there. The students said they were told not to leave their hostels and provided with food and water themselves. The students said they had booked return tickets to India,” the official said. .

Sai said the state government, with the cooperation of the Government of India, will ensure the safe return of all students.

Meanwhile, the relatives of Ayesha Sheren Rai, who is undergoing medical training in Bishkek, on Thursday appealed to authorities to ensure her safe return to India.

Rai hails from Gaurela-Pendra-Marwahi district in Chhattisgarh.

In a video message shared by her family members, Rai said: “I am a third year MBBS student in Kyrgyzstan. I am stuck here and the situation is very bad. I want to return to my country. I would like to appeal to the Government of Chhattisgarh and the Government of India to save us.”

Ayesha’s maternal uncle, Oliver Rai, told reporters that his niece was stuck in Bishkek.

“Foreign students are attacked and assaulted there. The situation is not clearly depicted in the media, but my niece told me about the violence happening there,” he said.

“I would like to request our CM and Chhattisgarh speaker (former CM Raman Singh) to rescue her safely. She is in 6th semester of MBBS course there,” he added.

Students have been held there in an undisclosed location, Oliver said, claiming that the Indian embassy there was not responding to their calls.

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First print: May 23, 2024 | 1:36 PM IST