Nov 07, Colombo: Skeletal remains and human bones of 232 people have been unearthed by today (07) from the mass grave found in Mannar in Northern Sri Lanka since excavations began over five months ago, according to the officials.
Senior Judicial Medical Officer Saminda Rajapakse, who is leading the investigation, said the skeletal remains will be sent to a laboratory in Miami Florida for radiocarbon dating and further tests.
According to Dr. Rajapakse, the excavation activities of the Mannar mass grave are being carried out for 102nd day today. Out of the 232 bodies recovered, 224 bodies are complete and the completed bodies have been placed in a special chamber in the Mannar Court Complex.
The Senior JMO further said the approval will be obtained soon to send the bone samples of the skeletal remains to the U.S. to determine the time period of the bodies. However, a specific date when the samples will be sent has not been decided yet and the approval is expected to be received in December.
Following the discovery of human remains on 26 March at the old Sathosa building in Mannar, further digging at the site was continued under the supervision of Mannar magistrate M Prabhakaran. The excavation of the site started on May 28.
The excavated skeletal remains have been sealed and placed at the Mannar Magistrate's Court complex.
The northwestern town was occupied by the Tamil Tiger terrorists LTTE during Sri Lanka's civil war between 1983 and 2009.