2 JD(S) Workers Killed in Sri Lanka Blasts- CM Kumaraswamy Knowing them Personally Shocked
A “deeply shocked” HD Kumaraswamy has announced the deaths of two JD(S) workers in Sri Lanka, saying he knew both of them personally. Hundreds were killed in Sunday’s serial blasts in the island nation, prompting a global wave of condemnation for the perpetrators. Saying that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had confirmed they were among the hundreds killed, Kumaraswamy said he was “deeply shocked,” and that he had personally known the two men, KG Hanumantharayappa and M Rangappa. “We stand with their families in this hour of grief,” he said in a tweet on Monday.
There were reports that seven JD(S) workers from Tumkur and Chikkabalapur, who were staying at the Shangri-La hotel in Colombo, had gone missing. Kumaraswamy had tweeted about them earlier, and said two of them were feared killed. On Monday morning, the Indian High Commission in Colombo confirmed the names of Hanumantharayappa and Rangappa. The tweet came after Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday night had confirmed the names of three other Indian nationals — Lakshmi, Narayan Chandrashekhar and Ramesh. It was not immediately clear if the other three were also JD-S members.
Bombings tore through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing 290 people — including at least six Indians — and leaving 500 injured. An island-wide curfew imposed by the government was lifted early on Monday. There has been no claim of responsibility yet. “Such senseless violence, aimed at innocent people, has no place in civilized society,” President Ram Nath Kovind said on Twitter on Sunday. “We stand in complete solidarity with Sri Lanka.”
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Source: IANS/India Today