New Delhi: As multiple blasts ripped through parts of Sri Lanka’s Colombo, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Sunday said that India was keeping a close watch on the situation. Also Read - Govt Permits Pakistan PM Imran Khan to Use Indian Airspace For His Maiden Visit To Sri Lanka
“Colombo – I am in constant touch with Indian High Commissioner in Colombo. We are keeping a close watch on the situation. @IndiainSL,” Swaraj tweeted. Also Read - Coronavirus: Sri Lanka To Vaccinate 225 Parliamentarians From Tuesday
Further, the EAM provided helpline numbers on her twitter handle for Indians in distress. Also Read - This Country Will Resume International Flights After Christmas
“Indians in distress may please contact Indian High Commission in Colombo. We will provide you all assistance. @IndiainSL Our helpline numbers are :
Pls RT,” the External Affairs Minister said in a tweet.
Notably, six blasts hit three churches and three hotels in Sri Lanka on Sunday, injuring nearly 300 people, Sri Lankan officials in Colombo said. The blasts occurred at around 8.45 am (local time) as the Easter Sunday masses were in progress in churches. At least, 129 people were killed and more than 400 injured in the tragedy. For more updates, click here
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the attack and expressed his condolences for the bereaved families. “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,” PM Modi said.
President Ramnath Kovind also took to Twitter, to stand in solidarity with the victims of the attack. “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 a civilised society. We stand in complete solidarity with Sri Lanka,” Kovind said.
“Deeply saddened by the bomb blasts in #Colombo #SriLanka and killing of innocent people there. Such ghastly acts of violence are highly condemnable. My thoughts & prayers are with the bereaved families. Pray for speedy recovery of injured.”
Sri Lanka PM Ranil Wickremesinghe
“I strongly condemn the cowardly attacks on our people today. I call upon all Sri Lankans during this tragic time to remain united and strong. Please avoid propagating unverified reports and speculation. The government is taking immediate steps to contain this situation.”
“Shocked & saddened by news of church & hotel bombings in SriLanka. Intolerance, bigotry & terrorism sadly know no borders or limits. Profound condolences to the families & my thoughts and prayers for that beautiful & tortured land.”