4 Bengaluru JD(S) Workers Dead & 3 Missing in Sri Lanka Blasts

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Monday, 22 April, confirmed that four JD(S) workers, who were touring Colombo, were killed in the series of bomb blasts in Sri Lanka. The deceased have been identified as KG Hanumantharayappa and M Rangappa, K M Lakshminarayan and Lakshmana Gowda Ramesh who were a part of the seven-member team touring the island nation.

The other five are missing, said Kumaraswamy.

HD Kumaraswamy, Karnataka Chief Minister"I'm deeply shocked at the loss of our JD(S) party workers, whom I know personally. The three others who are missing are H Shivu Kumar, A Maregowda and H Puttaraju. The chief secretary's office is in constant touch with the resident commissioner at Karnataka Bhavan, New Delhi, and the families of the victims and the missing persons for further information on them."

At least five Indians have been killed in the series of blasts that rocked Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday on 21 April.

On Monday, Indian High Commission in Colombo tweeted confirming the deaths of two individuals - who were later identified as JD(S) workers. No official confirmation on the other two deaths has come from the MEA.The initial confirmation regarding the demise of the two people from Karnataka came out when Rajat, a family friend of Hanumanthrayappa, contacted the Indian embassy in Sri Lanka using twitter.

"After I sent tweet, I got a call from the Indian embassy, who asked me to verify the details with a helpline number. The helpline number put me in touch with another official from the embassy, who took the details from us. Around 3 am (on Monday), I got a call confirming his (Hanumantharayappa's) death," said Rajat.

Hanumantharayappa was an active member of the JD(S) and prominent local leader in Bengaluru rural region. He is also a land developer and a resident of North Bengaluru.

After the first phase of election on 18 April was over, Hanumantharayappa along with six other party workers planned a vacation in Sri Lanka.

They left Bengaluru on Saturday, 20 April and reached Colombo on Sunday morning. "His son told me that they reached Colombo at 7 am. Around 9 am, uncle (Hanumantharayappa) called his son and informed about their arrival. At that point he had come from his hotel to the restaurant for breakfast. That was his last call and around 12:30 pm, the family heard about the blast on the news," said Rajat.

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