Excavation of the Matale mass grave concluded; UNP accuses JVP

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 - 19:54


The excavation of the mass grave found in the Matale Hospital Grounds was concluded today.

Professor Raj Somadeva of the Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology in the Kelaniya University stated that the bone fragments will be sent to the judicial medical officer for tests.


During excavations carried out since the 26th of December 2012, 154 human bone fragments were discovered and 141 of those fragments were of human skulls.

In addition to bone fragments, fragments similar to coal were also uncovered and according to Professor Raj Somadeva those fragments will be sent to a lab overseas for carbon dating.

Speaking at a press conference held recently JVP parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayaka alleged that the bone fragments belonged to the 1987 - 89 era according to initial reports.


Meanwhile speaking at a press conference held in Colombo today, UNP central provincial councillor Sanjeewa Kaviratne stated that the JVP has politicized the mass grave.