Politicising the string of eight blasts in Sri Lanka's Colombo, Congress leader Ahmed Patel has questioned the Center for not putting 'travel advisory' despite having intelligence of the attack.
Reports coming in two days earlier indicated that Sri Lanka was tipped off about the attacks by New Delhi hours before its occurrence.
For the attack in which the Islamic State claimed responsibility, Patel questioned the Narendra Modi led government of not providing travel advisory for Indian citizens travelling to Sri Lanka, despite being aware of the attacks.
He further stated how 'precious lives could have been saved'
He tweeted: It appears from media reports that India sent multiple advance warnings of a pending terror attack to the Sri Lankan government. If so, why no travel advisory was issued for Indian citizens travelling to Sri Lanka prior to the attacks?Precious lives could have been saved.
While the Sri Lankan government admitted the serious intelligence lapses, it is learnt that Indian intelligence officers contacted their Sri Lankan counterparts before the attack, warning them beforehand.
The information was acumulated by Indian agencies after seizing heaps of data after conducting raids on suspects, and then subsequent interrogation of the Islamic State sympathisers.
Six nearly simultaneous blasts took place in the morning at the shrine and the Cinnamon Grand, Shangri-La and Kingsbury hotels in Colombo, as well as at two churches outside Colombo, according to a Sri Lankan military spokesman, Brig. Sumith Atapattu.
The scale of the bloodshed recalled the worst days of Sri Lanka's 26-year civil war, in which the Tamil Tigers, a rebel group from the ethnic Tamil minority, sought independence from the Buddhist-majority country.
(With PTI inputs)