Excavation of the graves of 26 Navy and Army personnel who were killed by the tiger terrorists has been completed. Evidence in this connection has been established.
These soldiers had been imprisoned at a camp known as Victor Base in Mullaitivu for more than three years. The investigations were carried out on the information received from tiger terrorists in custody that these soldiers had been tortured, killed and their bodies burnt before burying the ashes. The excavations were carried out under the supervision of the Mullativivu Additional Magistrate M. Iman.
Excavations which were carried out for two days came to an end yesterday. The torture chamber had been maintained in a jungle road 10 kilometers off the main road. The terrorist in custody has said that eight soldiers of the Army and 18 troops of the Navy held in the Camp, from 2006 were subjected to torture and killed on 6th January 2009. Accordingly a team comprising the Police Terrorist Investigation Division, 7 Judicial Medical Officers and officials from Archaeology, Geology and Surveyor General’s Departments along with the officers of the Police and Security Forces are involved in the investigations. The camp consisted of 22 torture chambers. Two soldiers had been kept in each chamber and they had been allowed to stay only 15 minutes a day in the sun. With the entrance of troops engaged in the humanitarian operation they had been killed and their bodies burnt.
The terrorists in custody said they fled the area when the troops of the Wanni Operations entered the area. The Police Terrorists Investigation Division is carrying out further investigations.