Sushma Swaraj asks Indian students in Milan not to panic
New Delhi: Amid a series of attacks on several Indian students studying in Italy, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today requested them not to panic and alert others about the “risky zones”.
While referring to reports of unfortunate incidents involving Indians in Milan over the last few days, the Consulate General of India (CGI) has reached out to the students and assured them that the officials are taking up the matter with higher authorities there.
Ms Swaraj also said that she has received a report about the incidents and she was “personally monitoring the situation”.
“Attack on Indian students in Italy – I have spoken to the concerned Indian student in Milan. He has told me that this was a case of robbery and not a racial attack,” tweeted Swaraj about the incident.
She also thanked the Consulate General of India in the Italian city for helping the students.
Earlier today, the minister had promised that she was “monitoring the situation personally.”
“I have got the detailed report. Please do not worry. I am monitoring the situation personally,” she had said.
In a statement, the Consulate had said that it had taken the incidents up with law and order authorities.
“The Consulate has received reports of unfortunate incident of attacks on the Indian students in Milan. All Indian students are urged not to panic,” it had said.
It had also requested Indian students to report any such incident on a special helpline, while advising them to keep “in touch with each other (particularly when they go out).”