Skeletal remains of 266 persons detected in Mannar

Those conducting excavations at the mass grave site in Mannar have so far detected skeletal remains of 266 persons.

Judicial Medical Officer Dr Saminda Rajapaksa said that out of the skeletal remains so far discovered, those belonging to about 266 persons had been excavated. They were being kept in a room at the Mannar Court Complex and will be sent to California for carbon testing.

Earlier Prof. Raj Somadeva, a forensic archaeologist from the University of Kelaniya said that the entire area could be divided into two parts. "In one segment we have a proper cemetery. In the second part, you have a collection of human skeletons which have been deposited in an informal way."

Archeological officers, the Government Analyst’s Department officials and the Judicial Medical Officer commenced excavations at the site after skeletal remains were detected in the area around March 26, 2018. They have not yet determined the time when these people were buried there.

This is not the first time a mass grave site was detected in Mannar. The remains of 96 people were discovered in 2014 near Thiruketheeswaram, a prominent Hindu temple.

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