A day after the serial explosions in churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka, five of the seven JDS workers from Karnataka, who were touring the island nation, have been found dead.
Initially, the Indian High Commissioner’s office tweeted about the death of KG Hanumanthrayappa and M Rangappa, which was retweeted by External Minister Sushma Swaraj.
Later, Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy put out a tweet saying “I am shocked to hear that a 7-member team of JDS workers from Karnataka, who were touring Colombo,has gone missing after the bomb blasts in #colombo.Two of them are feared killed in the terror strike. I am in constant touch with the Indian High Commission on the reports of those missing.”
The other three who were confirmed dead are Lakshminarayan, Shivkumar and Ramesh.
All the seven JDS workers had campaigned for Veerappa Moily, the JDS-Congress alliance candidate for the Chikkaballapur Lok Sabha constituency in the ongoing general elections. These workers had gone to Sri Lanka to chill out after the polling concluded on April 18 in the second phase. They were staying in Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo.
The still missing two others are Puttaraju and Maregowda. At the same time C R Manohar, an MLC and film producer from Bengaluru had a miraculous escape as he was staying on 23rd floor, and the blast occurred before he thought of climbing down for breakfast. He said he reached India by taking flight to Chennai.