Five JD(S) members from Karnataka dead in Colombo blasts


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Bengaluru, Apr 22 (IANS): Five activists of the ruling Janata Dal-Secular (JD(S)) died in Colombo's serial bomb blasts on Sunday, a top state official said on Monday.

"Of the seven party workers, we have received information from the Indian High Commission in Colombo that 5 of them died. We are waiting for information on two others," Karnataka Chief Secretary T.M. Vijay Bhaskar told IANS here.

The five who died in one of the blasts are Lakshmana Gowda Ramesh, K.M. Lakshminarayan, M. Rangappa, K.G. Hanumantharayappa and Narayan Chandra.

"We don't have information yet on the other two. We are in touch with our High Commission people to ascertain the whereabouts of the missing two workers," added Bhaskar.

The party workers went to Sri Lanka on a holiday on April 20 after the first phase of polling on April 18 in the state's southern region, including Bengaluru.

They hailed from Nelamangala in Tumkur district, about 50 km northeast of Bengaluru.

"They were committed workers of our party and their deaths have brought sorrow to us," state Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy tweeted in Kannada.

"The members were staying in one of the hotels (Shangri La) where the terror attacks took place. We are checking in which of the hotels they were staying," party spokesman Ramesh Babu told IANS.

Kumaraswamy said he knew the victims personally.

Bhaskar said another group of visitors from the state was returning to Bengaluru from Kandy on Monday night.

Condemning the blasts, JD(S) supremo H.D. Deve Gowda said the heinous attack had disturbed peace and tranquillity in the region.

"Unless terrorism is rooted out, there won't be pace in the world. As terrorism has become a global menace, our country should fight it and stand with countries confronting it head-on," Gowda said in a tweet in Kannada.

Mourning the party cadres who lost their life in the terror blasts, the former Prime Minster said of late many Indians were going to Sri Lanka as tourists even from Bengaluru.

"I spoke to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj about the blast and the fate of other two party activists who went missing," added Gowda in a statement here.

Gowda also expressed condolence to the bereaved families.

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  • Kiran, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 22 2019

    Islamic jehad n terrorism is a curse to our entire world. India us uk israel n the rest of the peace loving countries shd unite to fight against Jehadis.

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  • flavian dsouza, chik/bengaluru

    Mon, Apr 22 2019

    Islamic terrorism can only be suppressed by talks and also by dialogues within their own community as well. Who is funding these ? as long as that is traced and resolved nothing can be done

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  • Sanjay, HEBRI

    Mon, Apr 22 2019

    Islamic jihadi terrorist are a curse to Earth and peaceful life...There is no place free from their terror ... demons on earth.....All others has to unite and eliminate them.

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  • Shuba, Mumbai

    Mon, Apr 22 2019

    Our heartfelt sympathies to the family members who lost their dear ones and to the JDS party
    May their souls rest in peace

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  • KRPrabhu, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Mon, Apr 22 2019

    Focusing on the tragic incident in this manner is totally wrong. Those who died are from JDS party or otherwise, it doesn't matter.What matters is how many of kannadigas from the state are the victims of the terrorist attack .Maturity matters...
    Very sad .RIP.

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