Indians’ death to figure during Sushma’s Russia trip

New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) The death of two Indian girl students in a Russian medical college hostel fire and that of a medical student from Srinagar in a Russian city will figure External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s trip to Moscow on April 18.

“I am going to Moscow. The final investigation report into fire tragedy in which we lost Pooja Kallur and Krishna Bhonsle is on my agenda,” Sushma Swaraj tweeted on Saturday ahead of departing for Tehran, Iran, on a two-legged foreign tour that would also take her to Moscow for the Russia-India-China (RIC) foreign ministers’ meeting.

Kallur, 22, from Navi Mumbai and her room-mate Bhonsle, 21, from Pune, perished in the fire which broke out in their hostel on February 14 in the Smolensk State Medical Academy, Smolensk, around 380 km southwest of Moscow.

In a separate tweet, Sushma Swaraj said that she would also take up the Yasir Javed, an Indian national from Srinagar who was killed after being attacked in the Russian city of Kazan by unknown people.

A medical student, Yasir had reached Russia on February 26 on a business trip and was attacked in Kazan city in the Tatarstan republic that left him in a coma.

He died on March 8.

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