|14 of 26 mass
grave victims identified
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
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
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,
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
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
The mass grave was exhumed under the supervision of
forensic experts and the Chief City JMO too was
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
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
It is believed that the investigators will shortly
discover more mass graves which would account for
most armed forces personnel who went missing in