The High Commission of India in Sri Lanka stated that KG Hanumantharayappa and M Rangappa were confirmed dead.

JD(S) worker KG Hanumantharayappa pictured standing to the right of Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy
news Sri Lanka Attacks Monday, April 22, 2019 - 10:29

Two men from Bengaluru are among those confirmed dead in the serial blasts that hit Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. The deceased have been identified as KG Hanumantharayappa and M Rangappa, both of whom are JD(S) workers. 

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy stated that the duo were part of a seven-member team of JD(S) workers visiting Colombo.

 "I am shocked  to hear that a seven member team of JDS workers from Karnataka who were touring Colombo has gone missing aftermath 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 where abouts of the missing". Kumaraswamy said in a statement.   

Rajath, a relative of Hanumantharayappa, had taken to social media to find out about KG Hanumantharayappa, who he said was at the Shangri-La Hotel, which was one of eight locations which were attacked on Sunday.

The High Commission of India in Sri Lanka stated that Hanumantharayappa was confirmed dead in the blast along with M Rangappa. 

Hanumantharayappa was a builder and was the president of Mathrushree Developers. He was staying at the Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo during his visit.

He, along with Rangappa are the two persons confirmed to be dead from the group. "We received the confirmation at around 2 am that he was among those confirmed dead. He had travelled to Sri Lanka in a group and was staying at the Shangri-La Hotel. We don't know any more details at the moment about how he died or whether the others are alive," Rajath told TNM.

The details of the others travelling with Hanumantharayappa are yet to be confirmed by officials. Hanumantharayappa is among five Indians confirmed dead in the attacks in Sri Lanka on Sunday. The others include M Rangappa, from Karnataka, Lakshmi, Narayan Chandrashekhar and Ramesh. The Kerala state government claimed that Razeena, a woman from Kasargod, was also killed in the blasts. 

Read: Indian woman from Kerala among those killed in Colombo blast

As per a media release by the Sri Lankan embassy in Washington DC, USA, 25 unidentified bodies believed to be of foreign nationals is currently at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s mortuary. 

290 people were confirmed dead while around 500 others were injured in eight coordinated bomb blasts that took place in the island-nation. A majority of the victims are Sri Lankan nationals while over 14 foreign nationals were also confirmed dead in the incident. The terrorist bombings took place in churches, luxury hotels, a guest house and a housing complex spread across Colombo, Negombo, and Batticaloa.

Update: Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy updated that five JD(S) workers who travelled to Colombo were confirmed dead. This included Hanumantharayappa, Rangappa, Lakshminarayan and LG Ramesh. The fifth person has been identified as Sri Hanumaiah Shivakumar. The number of Indians killed in the attacks has also risen to eight. 

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