New Delhi: The number of Indian casualties in Sunday’s horrific bomb blasts in Sri Lanka climbed to eight on Monday.
“We sadly confirm the deaths of the following two individuals in the blasts yesterday: K.G. Hanuma-ntharayappa (and) M Rangappa,” the Indian High Commission in Colombo said, adding a few hours later, “We regret to confirm the deaths of two more individuals in the blasts yesterday: Vemurai Tulsiram (and) S.R. Nagaraj.”
Later, it was confirmed that one more Indian national, H. Shivakumar, had died in the blasts, taking the number of Indian casualties to eight.
Two of the deceased Indians were reportedly political workers of the JD(S) from Karnataka, said the MEA.
Karnataka Chief Minister’s office said that 12 persons from the state, including seven JD(S) workers, are missing after the Colombo blast. It claimed five JD(S) workers were killed.
Sri Lankan national hospital spokesperson said four of the Indians died in the Colombo National Hospital while the bodies of two Indians who succumbed to their injuries from the blast at the Shangri-La Hotel have been sent for autopsy.