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'Embassy advised us to make own arrangements'

An Indian medical student stranded in riot-hit Kyrgyzstan has said Indians in the Central Asian country were tense about their safety as the embassy was not prepared to take all of them back. Surya Agarwal and HTCorrespondent report.

india Updated: Jun 15, 2010 23:04 IST

An Indian medical student stranded in riot-hit Kyrgyzstan has said Indians in the Central Asian country were tense about their safety as the embassy was not prepared to take all of them back.

Shaheer Khan (26) is among 100 Indians students evacuated to the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek from the country's Osh and Jalalabad cities in the south, where ethnic clashes have claimed over 175 lives.

Khan told HT on the phone from Bishkek, "We met Indian embassy officials a while back and they told us that the embassy does not have enough funds to send us back to India." Khan, a student of Osh State University, added, "The embassy has advised us to make our own arrangements for going back to India and not depend on them."

However, the government on Tuesday said it was making all efforts to ensure that those who want to return to India can do so this week.

"...Despite the heavy odds, the Embassy of India in Bishkek, in close coordination with the Kyrgyz authorities, managed to safely evacuate all the Indian nationals to Bishkek late last night," External Affairs Ministry said.

Arrangements are being made for chartered flights for bringing the Indians home apart from helping them in taking normal flights. They are expected to be back by this weekend.

Though the government has also offered assistance to the Indians opting to stay there as the situation in Central Asian republic shows some signs of improvement, Shaheer said the condition in Kyrgyzstan was bad.

He said countries such as Pakistan had already chartered a plane and taken their citizens back home.

The students brought to Bishkek had no food and spent a night on the road, he said.

Shaheer's father, Islam Khan, has been trying to get in touch with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in Delhi, but with little luck so far.