Karnataka counts its dead

Six people from the state confirmed dead.

Bengaluru: Seven people from Karnataka have been confirmed dead after the deadly blasts that ripped through Sri Lanka, leaving nearly 300 people dead. with the Indian High Commision in Colombo confirming the demise of Shivakumar, another member of the group of JD(S) party workers, on Monday evening. The other six deceased are K.G. Hanumanthrayappa, M. Rangappa, K.M. Lakshmi NarayanGovenahalli Shivanna and Lakshmi Gowda Ramesh, all JD(S) party workers and Nagaraj Reddy.

DPR principal secretary Anjum Pervez has been appointed as the nodal officer to coordinate with the Indian high commission in Sri Lanka.

Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy expressed his condolences on Twitter on Monday, with his tweet confirming the deaths of his party workers. Five deaths had been confirmed at that time.

The Chief Minister's tweet said the five were part of the seven-member team of JD(S) workers who left Bengaluru on Saturday.

“I’m deeply shocked at the loss of our JD(S) party workers, whom I know personally. 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," Kumaraswamy tweeted.

Kumarswamy continued on Twitter, saying, “The Chief Secretary has spoken to 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, the CS said."

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