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India stands by Lanka after “horrific” blasts

S.Murari

India has told Sri Lanka that it is in solidarity with that country ripped apart by as many as eight blasts at churches in Colombo and eastern Batticaloa on Easter Sunday, killing over 150 people and nearly 500 injured. India said the perpetrators of this “barbaric” attack should be brought to justice.

The dead included 35 foreigners presumably guests in three star hotels in Colombo which were targeted. The simultaneous blasts, reminiscent of the Mumbai serial blast of March 1993, were the deadliest Sri Lanka had seen with the end of the three decades old separatist war that ended in May 2009 with the decimation of the LTTE.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the first to react. In a tweet he strongly condemned the "horrific blasts”and said "there is no place for such barbarism in our region.” He said India stands in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka." My thoughts are with the bereaved families and prayers for the injured”, he tweeted.

External Affairs Minister Sushama Swaraj went one step further said the Indian High Commission would give all help to the injured. “I am in constant touch with Indian High Commissioner in Colombo. We are keeping a close watch on the situation”, she said. The Indian High Commission in Colombo tweeted its helpline numbers.

The Ministry of External Affairs in an official statement strongly condemned the serial blasts and said: “India has always opposed and rejected terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and has urged concerted action by the international community against terrorism, including cross-border terrorism. There can be no justification whatsoever for any act of terror. We call for perpetrators of such ghastly and heinous act and those who provide them support to be brought to justice expeditiously. We stand together with the people and Government of Sri Lanka in this hour of grief."

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