The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:

The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) expresses its strong condemnation and outrage at the serial blasts in Sri Lanka which have killed 290 people and injured 500 others.  The death toll is expected to rise. The terrorist attack targeted congregations at churches in Easter Sunday and hotels using lethal explosives and suicide bombers.

This horrific attack highlights how terror motivated by religious extremism is increasingly targeting minorities in the respective countries of South Asia.  This underlines the necessity to combat religious extremism in all its forms.

The CPI(M) expresses its solidarity with the Sri Lankan people and conveys its heartfelt sympathy to all the bereaved families.  The Party hopes all efforts will be made to track down the culprits and group responsible  for the massacre and severe action taken against them.