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Four JD(S) members killed, 3 missing in Sri Lanka tragedy, Kumaraswamy 'shocked'

Sri Lanka blasts: "We stand with their families in this hour of grief," Kumaraswamy said.

Four JD(S) members killed, 3 missing in Sri Lanka tragedy, Kumaraswamy 'shocked'
The team was touring Sri Lanka

New Delhi: Out of the seven Janata Dal (Secular) workers missing in Sri Lanka after the blasts, four have been declared dead, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy tweeted. They have been identified as Lakshmana Gowda Ramesh, K M Lakshminarayan, M Rangappa and KG Hanumantharayappa.

"I am deeply pained at the loss of our people in the Colombo attacks," read an excerpt from Kumaraswamy's tweet. Earlier on Monday, he had tweeted to inform about them going missing after the blasts. 

The seven-member team was in Colombo for a tour, the chief minister said.

"The three others who are missing are 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," tweeted Kumaraswamy.

"I'm deeply shocked at the loss of our JD(S) party workers, whom I know personally. We stand with their families in this hour of grief," read a statement issued from the CM's office earlier.

At least 290 have died in the multiple explosions in Colombo and other parts of Sri Lanka and 500 have been wounded.

A national curfew, ordered on Sunday, was lifted only on Monday morning. However, the government has shut all the schools. 

On Sunday morning, six blasts struck Sri Lanka at St Anthony's Church in Colombo, St Sebastian's Church in Negombo and another church in the eastern town of Batticaloa as the Easter Sunday prayers were happening. In the afternoon, two more explosions were reported. 

So far, 24 people have been arrested in connection with the ghastly attack.