Aug 18, Colombo: Sri Lankan authorities have postponed the excavation of a suspected mass grave site in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka for the second time, Police media Unit said.
Excavations of the mass grave site at Kaluwanchikudy in Batticaloa district, believed to be of Muslims massacred by the Tamil Tiger terrorists in the Eastern Province in 1990, was to begin today after it was postponed for the first time on July 01.
The officials said they had difficulties in getting the forensic experts from Colombo to the site in time.
The participation of the Colombo Chief Judicial Medical Officer and the Government Analyst is required when exhuming such mass grave sites.
Accordingly, the Kaluwanchikudy court has postponed the start of the exhumation until November 24.
Kaluwanchikudy Courts in June ordered the excavation of the grave site near the coast off Kurukkalmadam to begin on July 01 after examining a motion submitted by a resident of Kaluwanchikudy, Abdul Majeed Mohammed.
In his complaint submitted to Kalawanchikudi Police Station, Mr. Mohammed said the Tamil Tigers kidnapped more than 100 Muslims in the area and subsequently killed them and buried.
He further said that the bodies of those Muslims were buried in mass graves near the coast off Kurukkalmadam.
During the 30-year war between the Sri Lankan security forces and the Tamil Tiger terrorists, the LTTE was accused of engaging in a systematic and brutal ethnic cleansing campaign against Muslims in the North and East.