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 Post subject: Mystery over 16 bodies
 Post Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2008 12:34 pm 
Mystery over 16 bodies

Saturday, January 26, 2008
@ Agencies / DM / Island


A full-scale investigation is underway into the discovery of 16 bullet-riddled bodies in Kebithigollewa. The police said the bodies were yet to be identified as none of the victims’ relatives had come forward to do so.

Initial investigations had revealed that the victims were not from Kebettigollewa as there were no police complaints regarding missing persons from the area. A spokesman said the victims were males and appeared to be between the ages of 25 and 40.

The partially decomposed bodies, believed to have been buried a few days ago. Initial investigations had revealed the men had been shot dead at point blank range after their hands were tied behind their backs.

Police believe they had been killed elsewhere and brought to Kiriketuwewa, as no one from the nearby villages has been reported missing.

Police exumed the 16 bodies in the presence of the Kebitigollewa Magistrate Shivantha Manchanayake, who ordered the bodies to be dispatched immediately to Anuradhapura Hospital for postmortems. Certain body parts were to be sent to the Government Analyst in Colombo yesterday for further examination.

A villager, who went looking for his cattle in the jungle at Kiriketuwewa, 9 km from Kebitigollewa, on the Horowpathana main road, had first noticed a human hand jutting out a shallow grave and notified the Police. Police first thought it was a single body but on exhuming it found nine other bodies there and another six in a nearby grave. Investigations are being conducted to find out whether there are any other graves nearby.

Initial investigations had revealed the ten bodies had been buried three days prior to being found and the other six bodies a week before that.

Investigations are being conducted to ascertain from where the bodies had been brought and whether were there any eyewitnesses to the incident, either at the time of the execution or burial. Police have questioned several people in Kiriketuwewa.


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 Post subject: Kebithigollewe bodies re-buried, impossible to identify
 Post Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2008 4:36 pm 
Kebithigollewe bodies re-buried, impossible to identify

@ The Nation /Sunday, February 10, 2008

The 16 highly decomposed bodies that were recovered in Kebithigollewa on January 24 have been re-buried as the bodies could not be identified by anyone, the Police said.

The Police located 16 dead bodies in Kiriketuwewa GS area of Kebithigollewa Division in Anuradhapura District on January 24.
The victims, all civilians, with gunshot injuries had their hands tied behind their back, according to the Police. The bodies were located in two graves.

According to the Police, people who visited the crime scene from Mannar and Vavuniya could not identify the bodies. Five men who had visited the scene from Mannar had reported to the Mannar Bishop’s Office that the bodies were so decomposed and mutilated that they could not identify them. Samples of the bodies for DNA tests have already been taken.


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