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Mortal remains of three Indian students who drowned in Russian river reach Mumbai

Local media reports said that a female Indian student, who waded out from the beach on the river Volkhov, got into trouble and four of her companions tried to save her.

Edited By: Shashwat Bhandari @ShashBhandari New Delhi Published on: June 14, 2024 8:58 IST
Mortal remains of Indian students who drowned in a river in
Image Source : PTI Mortal remains of Indian students who drowned in a river in Russia brought back to India.

The mortal remains of three Indian students, who drowned in a river in Russia on June 7, were brought to Mumbai airport late Thursday night. The incident took plac when four Indian students had drowned in a river in Russia's St Petersburg area, while one student was rescued.

The four students from Maharashtra - Harshal Anantrao Desale, Jishan Ashpak Pinjari, Jia Firoj Pinjari and Malik Gulamgous Mohammad Yakub, were studying at the Novgorod State University in Veliky Novgorod city. 

The Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi termed it an unfortunate incident. "Four Indian students who were studying at the Yaroslav-the-Wise Novgorod State University located in Veliky Novgorod, Russia, drowned in an unfortunate incident in the Volkhov river. In the incident, a fifth Indian student was saved from drowning and is presently receiving medical attention," it said.

All of the deceased were aged between 18 and 20. Jishan and Jia hailed from Amalner in the Jalgaon district of Maharashtra. Harshal Desale belonged to Bhadgaon, also in the Jalgaon district.

The incident was confirmed by Ayush Prasad, the district collector of Jalgaon in Maharashtra. He said that local authorities in Russia managed to save one student of the group, but the other four students tragically drowned in a river.

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