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By ARIETA VAKASUKAWAQA and SHRATIKA NAIDU, Pune, India
Fijian students studying in Pune, Maharashtra, India, under the Indian Cultural Centre of Relations, High Commission of India Scholarship Programme are safe.
This is after four minor explosions struck the city on Wednesday night.
According to local media reports, four co-ordinated low intensity explosions struck the busy arterial JM Road in the heart of Pune.
A final year Bachelor of Science student majoring in Computer Science at University of Pune, Bulou Gavidi, confirmed that all 14 students were safe and no one was at the scene when the incident happened.
“We want to reassure our families back home that there were no casualties among any of the Fijian students studying in Pune. Some of us were informed to refrain from going to school until further notice.
“We were not affected because we live away from where the incident happened. It took place in the urban centre and we live in the suburbs.
“Some of the students have contacted their families in Fiji to let them know that they are safe and all we are doing now is taking heed of advice from the local authorities for our own safety,” Miss Gavidi said. Another second year Bachelor of Science student at the University of Pune, Krishan Pranit, said he was about to go and buy books from where the blast took place.
“Just after that I was informed through a text message from a friend that a couple of bomb blasts occurred at that place. I was so fortunate that I had decided not to go.”