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Fast asleep, 2 from B'luru survive Shangri-La blast


BENGALURU: Two Bengalureans survived Sunday’s blast in Colombo’s Shangri-La Hotel as they had been fast asleep and did not leave their rooms. Most of the others who died had been at the restaurant on the second one ground or nearby.

However, KJ Purushotham Reddy, a BJP chief from Koramangala, 45, and his brother-in-law Nagaraj Reddy had been critically injured within the explosion while having breakfast. Late on Monday, officials showed that Nagaraj was useless and Purushotham, who has been operated upon twice since Sunday, was struggling with for life in a Colombo health facility.


Prasanna Reddy, 47, from Koramangala, and garbage contractor Ramesh Reddy, 47, from HSR Layout, had been asleep in their fourth ground room and escaped unharmed.

“We had been fast asleep when the blast came about at eight.50am within the resort’s dining house when everybody was having breakfast,” Prasanna advised NewsTread from Colombo. “The complete resort shook. It was like a huge tremor.”

“We ran down in our night garments within 5 mins of the blast and saw blood everywhere,” he mentioned, adding that it took a while for them to understand needless to say about Purushotham and Nagaraj.

“We didn’t know anything else till resort government checked how many people had been lacking and how many had been injured or useless,” Prasanna mentioned. “We then learned that Purushotham and Nagaraj had been injured and both had been being handled at National Hospital in Colombo. We had been later informed that Nagaraj had died.”

Nagaraj’s cousin and previous Congress corporator GNR Babu mentioned his frame was expected to arrive by flight at 6.30pm on Tuesday.

Yelahanka BJP MLA SR Vishwanath, a relative of Purushotham, went to Colombo after news of the blast. “I am in my opinion taking good care of Purushotham. Two surgical procedures have been carried out on him already. A vein have been broken however has since been restored. He is OK for now,” Vishwanath mentioned.

City doctors fly out


He added that two doctors from Bengaluru’s Manipal Hospital boarded a flight on Monday night and can discuss with Purushotham on Tuesday.


“Our plan is to airlift Purushotham to Bengaluru,” Vishwanath mentioned. “We have already spoken to air shipment however doctors say moving won’t be beneficial till his situation is strong.”



(From left) Ramesh and Prasanna escaped, however Purushotham Reddy was injured within the blast and Nagaraj Reddy died


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