Ahead of phase three of 2019 Lok Sabha Elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a rally in Maharashtra's Dindori on Monday. Speaking about the ghastly terror attack that took place in Sri Lanka killing hundreds of people, the Indian Prime Minister said that the victims were attacked when they were praying in churches.
"Yesterday, there were bomb blasts in Sri Lanka. Hundreds were killed and that too on the auspicious occasion of Easter. They were praying when they were killed. Those spreading message of peace were killed by demons. They were innocent."
Giving an account of the BJP government against terrorism, PM Modi said that 'Chowkidar was given the power and we attacked the terrorists in their factories'.
"Before 2014, bomb blasts used to happen across the country and our government just used to shed fake tears and used to go around the world crying that Pakistan sends terrorists across. But after this, chowkidar was given the power and we attacked the terrorists in their factories. As a result, terrorism is just limited to few districts of Jammu and Kashmir today. Not a day goes when they are not being killed by our forces".
At least three Indians have been killed in a string of eight powerful blasts, including suicide attacks, which struck three churches and luxury hotels frequented by foreigners in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, officials said on Monday.
The blasts targeted St Anthony's Church in Colombo, St Sebastian's Church in the western coastal town of Negombo and another church in the eastern town of Batticaloa around 8.45 a.m. (local time) as the Easter Sunday mass were in progress.
Three explosions were reported from the five-star hotels - the Shangri-La, the Cinnamon Grand and the Kingsbury. Foreigners and locals who were injured in hotel blasts were admitted to the Colombo General Hospital.
The police said on Monday that at least six Indian nationals have been reported among the foreigners who died in the blasts.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday identified two more individuals killed in the blasts on Sunday.
"We sadly confirm the deaths of the following two individuals in the blasts yesterday, K G Hanumantharayappa and M Rangappa," Swaraj retweetd Indian High Commission in Colombo's tweet.
On Sunday, Swaraj, in a series of tweets, identified the three Indians as Lakshmi, Narayan Chandrashekhar and Ramesh.
"Indian High Commission in Colombo has conveyed that National Hospital has informed them about the death of three Indian nationals," she said in a tweet.