Three Indian students have been attacked in Milan

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said on Tuesday she was “monitoring the situation” after an attack on Indian students in Milan.

Reports said three Indians studying in Milan alleged they were attacked with beer bottles and “abused by attackers for their skin colour”. A police case has been registered over the attack, which took place on October 17. More details on the attack weren’t immediately available.

On Monday, the Indian Consulate in Milan said it had “received reports of unfortunate incident of attacks on the Indian students in Milan.”

The consulate said it was taking up the matter with the highest level of law and order authorities in Milan. The advisory did not mention if the attacks were racially motivated.

Swaraj’s reaction came a day after Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni visited India and stressed the need for a closer cooperation with the country.

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