4 JDS workers killed in Sri Lanka blasts, says HD Kumaraswamy

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Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Monday said that four workers from the JD(S) were among the hundreds killed in Sunday’s blasts in Sri Lanka.

He expressed “immense sorrow” on behalf of his party.

“I am deeply pained at the loss of our people in the #Colombo attacks. Out of the seven missing after the #TerrorAttack, four have been declared dead. Their names are – Lakshmana Gowda Ramesh – K M Lakshminarayan – M Rangappa – KG Hanumantharayappa,” Kumaraswamy tweeted.

In a series of tweets, Kumaraswamy confirmed that the four party men were part of a seven-member team of JDS workers from Karnataka who were touring Sri Lanka.

“All victims were #JDS workers from Karnataka and were on a tour to #SriLanka. I am deeply pained at the loss of their lives in the heinous attack. They were also committed workers of our party and their death has brought immense sorrow to us,” Kumaraswamy tweeted.

The three others who are missing have been identified as H ShivuKumar, 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,” Kumaraswamy said.

The chief minister further said, “I am with their families and pray to the Almighty to give strength for the families and near and dear ones to bear this grief.”

Earlier, confirming the presence of the JD-S team in Sri Lanka’s Colombo, Kumaraswamy had tweeted: “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.”