New Delhi: Ukraine`s Ambassador to India, Lgor Polikha, on Tuesday said the preliminary information reveals that the attack on three Indian students appears to be a case of domestic crime and a robbery attempt.
"As per the preliminary information, it was a domestic crime, an attempt of robbery," Polikha told ANI.
"It is the first such tragic incident which has happened with Indian students in Ukraine. I do not remember anything like this happening to Indian students before. I hope that incidents like this will not repeat," he added.
On April 10, two Indian students were stabbed to death while the third sustained serious injuries in the Ukrainian city of Uzhgorod.
Three Ukrainian citizens, including one woman allegedly involved in the crime, have been detained by the law enforcement of Ukraine.
"I am sorry two Indian students Pranav Shandilya of Muzaffarnagar and Ankur Singh (Ghaziabad) were stabbed to death in Ukraine on April 10. Inderjeet Singh Chauhan (Agra) is recuperating in hospital," External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had said in a tweet.
Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson Vikas Swarup yesterday said the Indian embassy in Kiev has been informed about the incident.
"Our Embassy in Kiev was informed of this incident around 1100 hrs on 10 April 2016, and has been trying to ascertain the facts from the police, the University authorities and other local contacts," Swarup said.
"The Embassy has spoken to the families of the two deceased students. All necessary actions are being taken to complete the formalities for sending the two bodies to India. The Embassy is also taking up the matter related to safety of Indian students strongly with the Foreign Office of Ukraine," he added.