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3 Indian Students Attacked In Milan, Sushma Swaraj Monitors Situation Personally

| October 31 , 2017 , 12:08 IST

Soon after the first Italian prime ministerial visit to India in a decade, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is personally looking into an incident of an alleged racial attack on 3 Indian students in Milan.

According to reports, 3 Indians studying in Italy's Milan were “abused by attackers for their skin colour” and attacked with beer bottles on October 17, following which a police case was registered.

The students added that the incident is not an isolated one and that other Indians have also been harassed. In this year itself, 6-7 attacks on Indians have taken place in Italy.

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Taking cognisance over the incident External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is famously active on Twitter, said that she is monitoring the situation personally.

She tweeted: “Attack on Indian students in Milan : I have got the detailed report. Pls do not worry. I am monitoring the situation personally.”

In an official statement, the Indian Consulate in Milan has urged Indians students not to panic, assuring them that the matter was being taken up with the law and order authorities.

 “The Consulate has received reports of unfortunate incidents of attacks on the Indian students in Milan. All Indian students are urged not to panic. The Consulate is taking up the matter with the highest of law and order authorities in Milan," said the statement.

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The Consulate has also issued a cell number where the students can report such matters of racial harassment.

"Students are also requested to report such matters to the Consulate on Consul General’s cell 3290884057 immediately. This will help the Consulate take up the issue with the higher authorities in Milan so that all efforts can be made to prevent recurrence of such incidents in future," the statement continued.

"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,” the statement said.