Posted on 01.05.2019 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in Local News with 0 Comments
The excavation work of the Mannar mass grave which was temporarily suspended since 21st December has been resumed from 2nd of January to widen the excavations, the Judicial Medical Officer Shaminda Rajapaksa said.
The excavation work of the mass grave at the old Sathosa complex in Mannar was started again on the 2nd of January as 122nd attempt. Judicial Medical Officer Shaminda Rajapaksa says that it is necessary to remove the top soil and widen the excavation further to expose the bodies at the bottom of the grave.
It was mentioned that the decision to widen the excavation has been taken to avoid damaging the partly exposed skeletons. Further excavate will be extended towards the main road and the by-road at the side.
The bone fragments of 283 human remains have now been systematically discovered. 274 bodies of those were deposited in a special chamber in the Mannar Magistrate’s Court. Among the skeletal remains, small bone fragments belong to 21 children bodies have also been identified, the Judicial Medical Officer added.