Four victims have been identified as Indians in the serial blasts that took place on Sunday in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
According to reports, there are some other Indian nationals who escaped with minor injuries. The four casualties have been identified as PS Razeena, Lakshmi, Narayan Chandrashekhar and Ramesh.
Confirmation of three of the four Indian nationals came from Sri Lanka’s foreign ministry. The ministry had informed the Indian mission which further informed External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who kept a close watch on the developments from Colombo.
Sushma Swaraj after speaking to Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka Tilak Marapana tweeted, “Indian High Commission in Colombo has conveyed that National Hospital has informed them about the death of three Indian nationals. Their names are Lokashini (Lakshmi), Narayan Chandrashekhar and Ramesh. We are ascertaining further details.
The foreign ministry of Sri Lanka issued a statement to provide assistance to the foreign nationals and their families in order to help them with the treatment.
According to MFA, 11 foreign nationals are dead, 9 reported missing and 25 unidentified bodies are believed to be of foreigners at the mortuary. The statement added that 19 foreigners are receiving treatment at various hospitals.
While the Indian Ministry of External Affairs has officially been informed of only three nationals, Kerala government confirmed that Razeena who lived in Dubai with her husband and hails from the state was also killed in the blast at one of the hotels.
Razeena and her husband Khader Kukadi, an engineer working in Dubai, were on a holiday in Colombo and had checked out on Easter to return to Dubai. Their relatives confirmed that Razeena died in the attack when her body was identified at a city hospital by a relative who lives in Colombo.
A well-coordinated attack against the Christian community on Easter Sunday at churches and those hotels where Easter celebrations were on has shaken the region once again. Sources told India Today that National Security Advisor Ajit Doval spoke with Indian security personnel in Colombo and also said that India will provide all the assistance needed.
Sushma Swaraj tweeted, “I conveyed to the Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka that India is ready to provide all humanitarian assistance. In case required, we are ready to despatch our medical teams as well.”
There was strong condemnation from India with Prime Minister Modi tweeting, “Strongly condemn the horrific blasts in Sri Lanka. There is no place for such barbarism in our region. India stands in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka. My thoughts are with the bereaved families and prayers with the injured.”
President Kovind also condemned the attack calling it senseless.
India condemns the terror attacks in Sri Lanka and offers its condolences to the people and government of the country. Such senseless violence, aimed at innocent people, has no place in civilised society. We stand in complete solidarity with Sri Lanka, tweeted the Indian President.
Meanwhile, the Indian mission will now be working with the authorities in Colombo to work at repatriation of bodies and those injured in the serial blasts.