Kerala opposition leader VD Satheesan on Sunday called for central government intervention to ensure the safety of Indians stranded in Kazakhstan, which has been rocked by violent protests against rising fuel prices , and to take the necessary steps to bring them back.
Mr Satheesan, in a letter to Foreign Minister S Jaishankar, said that there are many Keralites, including students who are stranded in this country.
Since the protests began, internet services in the Central Asian country have been suspended and Keralites living there cannot contact their families in India, he said.
“… We urge the Foreign Ministry to set up a helpline to help Indians there,” Satheesan said in a statement sharing the details of the letter.
The unrest began in the far west of Kazakhstan as protests against the sharp rise in the prices of LPG widely used as vehicle fuel began on January 2 and spread across the country, apparently reflecting a growing discontent. beyond fuel prices.
Authorities say security forces killed 26 protesters during this week’s unrest and 18 law enforcement officials have died.
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