266 SKELE­TONS UN­EARTHED

One set of skele­tal bones of the feet ap­pear to have been shack­led

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - BY ROMESH MADUSHANKA

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.

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