The death toll of Indian nationals in Sri Lanka has reached 11. According to sources, the list of the deceased includes seven JDS members, one individual from Telangana, another named Chandrashekhar whose kin have not yet reached out to the Indian mission and one Indian whose identity is yet to be confirmed.
Sources have revealed, the deceased are being flown out of Colombo during the wee hours of Wednesday and some will be flown in the afternoon.
Srinivasa Murthy, JDS MLA, was in Colombo along with six other senior JDS leaders to take the bodies of their party workers back to Bengaluru. Speaking to India Today Murthy said that the Indian Mission in Colombo facilitated the entire process and thanked the Chief Minister of Karnataka as well as former Union Minister from Congress party Veerappa Moily for the help.
“Everything was taken care of well. Our CM and Veerrappa Moily helped us a lot. The Indian High Commission was of great assistance. We are returning now with four bodies. We will reach our place by 3:30 am (Wednesday), he said.
According to the Deputy Secretary State Protocol Vijay Mahantesh, who is also the Director of the State Hospitality Organisation, Mortal Remains of four of the victims, Kachana Halli Govindappa Hanumantharayappa, Kachana Halli Munibyrappa Lakshminarayana, Muniyappa Rangappa, and Hanumaiah Shivakumar, will reach by Sri Lankan Airlines UL 173 to Bengaluru at 2:30 am in the wee hours of Wednesday.”
The statement adds, “The Mortal Remains of Ramesh, Adakamaranahalli Mare Gowda and Harokyatanahalli Puttaraju will be brought tomorrow (Wednesday).”
The seven JDS party workers were on a holiday in Sri Lanka and were staying at Shangri-La hotel which was attacked by a suicide bomber. Sources say the bomber was believed to be sitting at the table next to theirs in the hotel restaurant. Therefore, none of them could survive the impact of the blast.
There are other Indians whose family members arrived in Colombo to take back the mortal remains. Sources say most of the procedure would be complete by Wednesday. There is a slim chance of the death toll of Indian nationals increasing from the current toll. Although there could be a possibility of some additions since the authorities are finding it very difficult to identify bodies of many of the victims.