Sushma Swaraj responds to calls for help from Indian students in Milan
- It is unclear whether the attacks on the students were instances of hate crime.
- Sushma Swaraj said that she has details of the situation and would soon take action.
- The Indian consulate in Milan, meanwhile, has issued directives to the students in a statement.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, in a Twitter message, responded to the pleas of Indian students in Milan and said, "I have got the detailed report. Please do not worry. I am monitoring the situation personally."
Earlier, the Indian Consulate in Milan addressed the incidents of attack on Indian students through Twitter on Monday, assuring them of assistance and speedy solution. They also ensured the students that the issue has been taken up by the law and order authorities.
Attack on Indian students in Milan : I have got the detailed report. Pls do not worry. I am monitoring the situation personally. @cgmilan1— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) October 31, 2017
It said, "The Consulate has received reports of unfortunate incident of attacks on the Indian students in Milan. All Indian students are urged not to panic."
The consulate also issued a helpline number, encouraging students to report any such incident they have faced, which could be taken up by the authorities. Advising them to be alert about such incidents, the consulate suggested that the students should spread awareness among other members of the community.
Attack on Indian students in Milan pic.twitter.com/kY0qwfePm8— India in Milan (@cgmilan1) October 30, 2017
The statement by the consulate further read, "In the meanwhile, students are advised to be in touch with each other (particularly when they go out) as well as with the Consulate and spread the information among other students about the areas where they face such incidents so that such areas can be avoided or approached with greater caution."
However, there was no clarity whether the attacks were racially motivated. The reports of the attacks emerged amid Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni's maiden visit to India on October 30.