Excavators fail to find bodies

[TamilNet, Monday, 06 September 1999, 12:49 GMT]
No bodies or human skeletal remains were found today by investigators who cleared and dug the area in Chemmani near Jaffna town where ex-corporal Somaratna Rajapksha had earlier claimed were four graves in which eight bodies of civilians arrested and allegedly killed by the Sri Lankan army were buried.

Investigators identified a spot near the Theruvalipillaiyar temple in Chemmani after the general area near the temple identified by Rajapaksha was cleared which appeared to be a filled up pit.

It was dug up for about 5-6 feet. Nothing was found. The spot was dug much deeper on instructions of the Jaffna district judge.

 

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