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Medical student's killing: MEA intervenes

india Updated: Sep 28, 2006 17:53 IST
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India has taken up with Russian authorities the issue of security for its nationals in the wake of suspected racial killing of an Indian medical student in St Petersburg four days back.

The Indian Consulate in St Petersburg is in close touch with the family of the deceased Nitish Kumar Singh and are assisting them, Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Navtej Sarna said in New Delhi on Thursday.

Two senior consuls were sent to the hostel and are in close touch with the Russian authorities and the students body there, Sarna said.

The consulate has taken up with the Russian authorities the issue of security for Indian nationals, he said.

The 27-year-old final year medical student, was stabbed to death at St Petersburg in a suspected case of racial attack. Singh a student of Mechnikov Medical Academy, was attacked near his hostel.

The police, who have lodged a criminal case, do not rule out 'racial hatred' behind the killing of the student.

The killing has triggered large scale protests by Indian students in St Petersburg.

In April another Indian medical student was attacked on the same spot. However, he could be saved.

St Petersburg has a large foreign student population and is known for attacks on foreigners and extreme nationalism.

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