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Family awaits body of Pune girl who died in Russian university fire

The two girls died in a fire that broke out at the Smolensk Medical State University Academy, which is 400 km from Moscow, on Sunday. According to the Russian investigative committee, the preliminary report showed that the fire occurred on the fourth floor of the dormitory of the university on Sunday morning.

india Updated: Feb 16, 2016 12:03 IST
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Two Indian students were killed in the dormitory fire. The students were Karishma  Bhosale from Pune and Pooja Kallur from Mumbai. (sgma.info)
Two Indian students were killed in the dormitory fire. The students were Karishma Bhosale from Pune and Pooja Kallur from Mumbai. (sgma.info)

Anxious parents of the Karishma Bhosale, a 20-year-old student from Pune who died in a fire at a medical university in western Russia on Sunday, are waiting for the completion of legal formalities so that they can receive her body.

While the autopsy on the bodies of Karishma and Mumbai’s Pooja Kallur have been completed, Karishma’s family is yet to receive any information.

“We are waiting for any communication either from the college or from any competent authority,” they said.

The two girls died in a fire that broke out at the Smolensk Medical State University Academy, which is 400 km from Moscow, on Sunday. According to the Russian investigative committee, the preliminary report showed that the fire occurred on the fourth floor of the dormitory of the university on Sunday morning.

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Karishma and 22-year-old Pooja used to share a room in the college hostel, which has a majority of Indian students. Postmortem report revealed that both the students died of suffocation, family sources said.

The family of Karishma, a fourth-year student of surgery, received a phone call about the incident from the college authorities on Sunday.

“We were shocked when the college told us about the mishap and death of Karishma,” her father Uday Bhosale, who is a businessman, said.

Bhosale, who had taken a loan for his daughter’s education, had spoken to Karishma a day before the mishap. She was also in touch with her family on WhatsApp.

Shocked family members have raised several questions about the incident and asked why Karishma and Pooja were not rescued like the other 200 odd students. Language has also emerged as a major problem in getting information as college authorities speak only Russian.

Karishma’s family said she was planning to visit her parents in June this year.