2 Indian girls killed in Russian medical academy fire

New Delhi: Two Indian girl students were killed in a fire at a medical university in western Russia and some others injured, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Monday. 

The victims have been identified as Pooja Kallur from Mumbai, and Karishma Bhosale from Pune.

Karishma Uday Bhosale
Karishma Bhosale, one of the victims

"We have lost two Indian girl students (both from Maharashtra) studying at Smolensk Medical Academy in Russia in a fire accident," Swaraj tweeted late last night.

The Minister further said: "Some students are injured. They are out of danger. The place is 400 kms from Moscow. Our team has already reached there."

According to the Russian investigative committee, the preliminary report showed that fire occurred at the fourth floor of the dormitory of the university yesterday morning.

The two students killed in the dormitory fire were Indian nationals, it added. Swaraj said the mortal remains of the Indian girls will be brought to Mumbai. Their mortal remains will reach Moscow today.

"We will fly their mortal remains to Mumbai. Our heartfelt condolences," she said in another tweet yesterday.

(With inputs from Chaitraly Deshmukh)

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