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Sri Lanka bomb blasts: Four JD(S) workers from Bengaluru killed, three missing

The High Commission of India in Sri Lanka has confirmed the death of KG Hanumantharayappa and M Rangappa. The two were staying at the Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo, where one of the blasts took place on April 21.

Written by Darshan Devaiah BP | Bengaluru | Updated: April 22, 2019 2:28:04 pm
Crime scene officials inspect the explosion area at Shangri-La hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka April 21, 2019. (Reuters Photo: Dinuka Liyanawatte)

Four JD(S) workers from Karnataka were killed in the serial blasts that ripped through Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy confirmed that four of the five Indians killed in the attacks are workers of his party, and that three others are missing.

The deceased were identified as Lakshmana Gowda Ramesh, K M Lakshminarayan, M Rangappa and K G Hanumantharayappa. They were staying at the Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo, which was targeted on April 21. The three workers missing are H ShivuKumar, A Maregowda and H Puttaraju.

“All victims were #JDS workers from Karnataka and were on a tour to #SriLanka. I am deeply pained at the loss of their lives in the heinous attack. They were also committed workers of our party and their death has brought immense sorrow to us,” Kumaraswamy tweeted. He added that his government was in touch with the High Commissioner of India in Sri Lanka.

“One group from Karnataka is returning from Kandy. They will help to identify the fifth body. The @IndiainSL will provide information on the other two missing persons as soon as it is received,” Kumaraswamy added.

The toll in the Sri Lanka bomb blasts rose to 290 Monday morning,

Rajath, a relative of Hanumantharayappa, had taken to Twitter on Sunday to know about Hanumantharayappa’s whereabouts. Tweeting to High Commission of India in Sri Lanka, Rajath said, “My uncle missing from Shangri-La hotel Sri Lanka since today his name is ‘Kachanahalli govindappa hanumantharayappa’ Bangalore, India his staying in room no 618,619”

According to Kumaraswamy, the Karnataka Chief Secretary’s office is in constant touch with the High Commissioner of India in Sri Lanka.

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