Skeletal remains unearthed in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 21 October 2003, 04:04 GMT]
Construction workers unearthed human skeletal remains while they were laying the foundation for the common market in Kalviyankaadu in Jaffna on Monday, the Jaffna based Tamil language daily, Uthayan, reported Tuesday.

The skeletal remains were found buried just about a foot below the ground level. The workers stopped the construction and notified the Sri Lanka Police in Jaffna, who cordoned off the area and informed the Jaffna Magistrate’s court.

The additional Magistrate, Mrs. Srinithi Nandasekaran, inspected the site and ordered further digging. A badly decomposed skull was unearthed in the process of digging further, the newspaper said.

The Magistrate ordered that human remains and soil samples should be sent to the analyst for reports and a DNA analysis to determine if the remains belonged to just one person.

During 1987-88, the Indian Peace Keeping Forces (IPKF) killed a large number of people and buried their bodies in shallow graves. The public in the area say, according to the newspaper, the skeletal remains unearthed could be that of the victims of the IPKF.

 

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