266 SKELETONS UNEARTHED
One set of skeletal bones of the feet appear to have been shackled
The number of skeletons unearthed from the Mannar mass grave has increased to 266 with yesterday’s discovery of a skeleton with the skeletal bones of the feet appearing to have been shackled. Special Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) Dr. Shamindra Rajapaksa who is conducting investigations at the site said the leg bones of the latest skeleton appeared to be tied with some type of a metal thong. These skeletal bones have been sent to the Mannar Magistrate’s Court for inspection by Mannar Magistrate R.sarawanarajah. Dr. Rajapaksa said the type of the metal had still not been ascertained.
He said 260 skeletons of the 266 were being stored in a special chamber under his supervision at the Mannar Magistrate’s Court Complex.
The excavation of the site began after skeletal remains were found in the soil which was removed from the site where the old Sathosa Building was situated.