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Ensure safety, security of our students abroad

Published : Monday, 20 May, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 297

It is upsetting to note that Bangladeshi, Indian and Pakistani students have come under attacks by local mobs in Kyrgyzstan. According to Kyrgyz local media sources, violence erupted following a video footage of a brawl between Kyrgyz and international students, specifically after Pakistani and Egyptian students made it viral on social media. Locals witnessed the incident, which happened on May 13, as a clear breach of the hospitality shown to international students. Moreover, many locals have allegedly entered medical college hostels to beat up overseas students, including female ones.

Several Kyrgyz troops have been reported rushing to the streets on Friday night while locals accusing officials of lenient treatment of foreigners engaged in the altercation.

However, our Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement said on Saturday that our Bangladesh Embassy in Uzbekistan, concurrently accredited to Kyrgyz Republic, is in regular communication with Bangladeshi students studying in Kyrgyz Republic regarding the recent incident of mob violence at the capital city Bishkek.

We believe, need of the hour demands to ensure round-the-clock police protection of our students within and outside university premises. At the same time, it is essential for our foreign ministry to issue a statement towards the Kyrgyz government, clarifying zero-engagement of our students relating to alleged conflicts with locals and the contentious video footage which has gone viral in the social media. In addition, we call on our embassy in Uzbekistan for undertaking an urgent trip to the Kyrgyz capital and assess the mob attack situation from ground zero.

Over a thousand male and female Bangladeshi students are reportedly studying in Kyrgyzstan, and several of them have already communicated and shared their ordeals with some of our local media outlets.  

Videos provided by Bangladeshi students showed harrowing scenes of attacks. In one of the video clips, it was seen that a group of 15-20 foreign students, including Bangladeshis, were hiding in a room while an individual, presumably a Bangladeshi, was being beaten up mercilessly and another was lying on a street. Local mob groups were seen patrolling in the city in 20-25 cars while using social media apps to locate foreign students.

As for our students, we advise them to stay indoors for the moment and get in touch with the Embassy and local law enforcement agencies for any issues in this regard. Even after situation comes under control, all students must remain vigilant and commute in groups, and refrain from engaging with locals unless necessary.

In conclusion, drawing bitter lessons from this unprecedented mob violence incident in Kyrgyzstan, it is time to ensure safety and security of our students studying abroad.

Any misfortune or adversity can strike them anytime and in anywhere.

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