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Jaffna Magistrate orders excavation of yet another possible mass grave

Excavations of a site in Jaffna where human skeletal remains and clothes were found last week are to commence to determine whether it is yet another mass grave site, reports The Island

The site is on private property,  where a woman's skeleton and clothes were found.

The owner of the land informed the police of the discovery. The police reported to the Jaffna Magistrate, V.R. Sivaram, who visited the scene with Jaffna Judicial Medical Officer, S.Mayuran. 

The Jaffna Magistrate ordered the police to initiate excavations at the site near Pannai Sri Meenachchi Amman Kovil last week at Kottadi, with round the clock police protection reported to have been ordered.

Subsequent investigations have uncovered more bone fragments and a skull along with articles of clothing which imply more than one skeleton may be buried within the area, state the police. 

Mass graves have frequently been discovered across the North-East, with tens of thousands of Tamils having been killed during the armed conflict. Many thousands remain unaccounted for.

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