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14 of 26 mass grave victims identified

Tiger atrocities unearthed

By Tissa Ravindra Perera
Investigations launched following the recent sensational discovery in Mullaitivu of a mass grave of at least 26 service personnel summarily executed by the LTTE is now unfolding another weird and gruesome massacre by them.
It has transpired during investigations that two of four hardcore terrorists in custody had been directly involved in the execution of the soldiers held prisoner by the LTTE.
One of these two terrorists had been one of the hitmen who shot the soldiers in cold blood.
The other terrorist had been involved in burning the bodies.
After burning the bodies, the ashes and the skeletal remains had been buried in an abandoned bunker and a trench close to it.

Fourteen of the victims have been identified by these hardcore terrorists from photographs shown to them.
They include three lieutenant commanders of the Navy
This massacre, according to evidence that has surfaced, had been carried out on January 17, 2009.
One of the victims is believed to be Lieutenant Commander Ratnayake, who went missing when Dvora fast attack craft P 413 came under LTTE heavy gunfire on seas off Delft.
Another victim Lt Cmdr Edirisinghe had been captured by the Tigers after his craft Dvora P416 was attacked and sunk off Vettilaikerni while it was escorting troop carrier ‘Pearl Cruiser’ on May 11, 2006
The four terrorists in custody have revealed that the 26 security forces personnel were held in a torture chamber on the orders of Ratnam Master when the troops began their march towards the LTTE fortress in Pudukudiiruppu after taking the LTTE Kilinochchi base.
The terrorists had poured diesel and kerosene oil and emptied two bags of sugar on the firewood piled up on the dead bodies before setting fire to the `pyre’.
The mass grave was exhumed under the supervision of forensic experts and the Chief City JMO too was present.
There were several spent bullet casings among the ashes and other remains collected from the grave and stuffed into 24 gunny bags.
Ratnam Master was killed by the troops when he was making an escape bid along with Prabhakaran’s son Charles Anthony during the final battle at Wellamullaivaikal.
A close confidant of LTTE Prabhakaran, Ratnam Master was the brain behind the LTTE attack on Anuradhapura air base and Vavuniya army headquarters.
Troops had come across a number of torture chambers where captured security personnel were held captive during the humanitarian operation in Vanni.
However, they had not come across any evidence pointing to the fate that befell those held in those cells until the discovery of the Mullaitivu mass grave.
It is believed that the investigators will shortly discover more mass graves which would account for most armed forces personnel who went missing in action.