Human skulls, bones unearthed in Thiraikerni

[TamilNet, Monday, 13 October 2003, 14:15 GMT]
Human remains were found in a pit near the Periyathambiran Temple in Thiruaikerni, 57km south of Batticaloa town in the Batticaloa-Pottuvil road when Thirukerni residents were cleaning the temple compound during a shramadana effort Sunday.

Thiraikerni human remains


Residents said the remains likely belong to the 48 Tamil civilians murdered by Sri Lanka Special Task Force (STF) and muslim homeguards on 6th August 1990.

Muslim villages of Oluvil and Paalamunai lie to the north and south of Thiraikerni repectively. During the Eelam War II Thirkerni the Tamil residents of Thirukerni received continuous threats from the muslim villagers.

On 5th August 1990 nine muslim civilians from Olivil and Paalamunai were murdered allegedly by the Sinhala thugs from TheegaVaavi, a village located few kilometers west of Thiraikerni. Rumors spread that Liberation Tigers have carried out the attack on the muslims, according to residents.

The following day muslim youth entered Thiraikerni and with the assistance of STF started attacking Tamil residents. Villagers who sought refuge in the Temple were killed with knives and batons. Muslim youths took away a 13 year old girl Saroja from her parents to a house nearby, raped her and set the house ablaze.

Thiraikerni human remains

In the killings that started at 7 am and went on till noon, 48 civilians were killed near the temple premises. Of the twenty who were seriously injured four died at the Kalmunai hospital, according to villagers.

Residents who escaped were taken to Karaithivu refugee camps in STF trucks. Many of these refugees returned to their village after four years.

Sinnathambi Karthigesu, 46, and other residents described in detail to the TamilNet correspondent the events of 1990 and showed the remains unearthed Sunday.

The villagers appealed to the Sri Lanka Government to conduct investigations on the Thiraikerni massacre and to bring the perpetrators to justice. They also said that other incidents where Tamils were abducted and murdered from Vantharumoolai Eastern Univesity, Sathurukondan, Mahildithivu, Pullumalai, Veeramunai and other areas of the east also need to be investigated and the remains of the murdered found.

Thiraikerni human remains

Thiraikerni human remains

Thiraikerni human remains

Thiraikerni human remains

 

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