A tragic incident was recently reported from Russia, when two young Indian students at the Smolensk State Medical Academy Pooja Kallur (22) and KarishmaBhosale (20) - ragically lost their lives as they slept. A massive fire broke out at the hostel for Indian students only. Both the girls shared the room on the fourth floor of the sixth floor building.
Both victims hailed from Maharashtra and were studying in the final year of the medical degree. The inconsolable parents of the girls said that they received calls from other frantic parents of the students at the hostel informing them of the fire. They later were informed by Indian advisor to the institute that their daughters lost their lives.
The Investigative Committee of Russia informed that according to preliminary reports, ignition occurred at the fourth floor of the six-floor dormitory of the Smolensk State Medical University in the morning on February 14, 2016. Two students from India died in the fire. The investigators conducted a crime scene examination, assigned to fire-technical and forensic examination, interviewed witnesses.
Other students were evacuated from the building. The Indian MEA Mrs. Sushma Swaraj tweeted expressing her grief, “We have lost two Indian girl students (both from Maharashtra) studying at Smolensk Medical Academy in Russia in a fire accident……Some students are injured. They are out of danger. The place is 400 km from Moscow. Our team has already reached there”.