Bengaluru: On Sunday, two of the seven Janata Dal (Secular) leaders who were reportedly staying at Shangri-La Hotel in Sri Lanka's Colombo, died in the serial bomb blasts that rocked the island nation. Ministry of External Affairs had reported the death of two people named KG Hanumantharayappa and M Rangappa, however, it was not known then that they belonged to the JD(S).Here it is to be noted that as per the latest reports, 290 people have been killed and more than 500 are injured.
Here it is to be noted that Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy took to Twitter to express his grief over their death and said, "External affairs Min. @SushmaSwaraj has confirmed the death of two Kannadigas, KG Hanumantharayappa and M Rangappa, in the bomb blasts in Colombo. To be noted that she added further “I am deeply shocked at the loss of our JDS party workers, whom I know personally. We stand with their families in this hour of grief." Sri Lankan Telecommunications Minister Harin Fernando had tweeted "Some intelligence officers were aware of this incidence. Therefore there was a delay in action. Serious action needs to be taken as to why this warning was ignored,".
However, it is worth mention here that earlier today, the Sri Lankan air force defused an improvised pipe bomb from the vicinity of the Colombo's main airport. A total of 24 people have been arrested so far in connection with the bombings. The police have also confiscated a van and its driver, who likely transported the suspects into Colombo. As per the latest reports, the six initial blasts were carried out by seven suicide bombers.