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India to Russia: Probe student murder

Govt raises issue of Indians' security and urges Russia to investigate killing of Nitish Kumar Singh in St Petersburg.

india Updated: Sep 28, 2006 22:22 IST

Describing the killing of an Indian student in St. Petersburg as "unfortunate", India has raised the issue of security of Indians there with Russia and urged the latter to probe the crime.

"This has been a very unfortunate incident in which an Indian student has been killed in St. Petersburg," external affairs ministry spokesperson Navtej Sarna told reporters here Thursday.

The Indian consulate in St. Petersburg has been in touch with the student bodies and local authorities over the incident, he said.

"They have been raising the issue of the security of Indian nationals in St. Petersburg," Sarna said.

"Our embassy in Moscow has also taken up the matter with the foreign office in Moscow pointing out the security lapses and urging an urgent investigation into the matter," he added.

Nitish Kumar Singh was brutally murdered Sunday by unidentified assailants allegedly belonging to neo-fascist groups.

"Four unidentified assailants stabbed an Indian citizen, a sixth-year student at the St. Petersburg Mechnikov Medical Academy, who later died of his wounds in the hospital," a police official in Moscow had said.

St. Petersburg, the hometown of President Vladimir Putin, has lately witnessed a surge in racially motivated attacks on foreign citizens, especially from Asian and African countries.

First Published: Sep 28, 2006 19:22 IST