The Kokkuthoduvai mass grave excavation reached its sixth day on September 12th. The excavation team have identified the skeletal remains of seven victims, with five sets of remains having been exhumed thus far.
Mullaitivu Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) K. Vasudeva, addressing the media, provided an update on the day's findings. He reported the successful exhumation of the complete skeletal remains of one victim and the partial remains of another victim. These discoveries add to the growing body of evidence in this complex investigation.
In addition to the skeletal remains, objects of significance were also found at the excavation site. Among them, metal objects believed to be remnants of weapons were recovered, adding to the ongoing investigation. Furthermore, an object suspected to be used for cleaning wastewater was also discovered, raising questions about its potential relevance to the case.
The Mullaitivu JMO reiterated the challenges faced by the excavation team, as multiple remains are found stacked atop one another, making it difficult to accurately attribute the skeletal remains to specific victims. This complexity also renders it impossible to speculate on the total number of remains that may be found in the mass grave.
The excavation will continue into the following day.