Excavations of the mass grave where 26 government soldiers are reported to have been executed and buried by the tiger terrorists have been completed. It is established that these soldiers had been executed and burnt.
These soldiers had been imprisoned at the Victor Base Prison at Vallipuram in Mullaitivu for more than three years. Investigations were launched, based on information given by the tiger terrorists in custody that these soldiers had been tortured, executed and thereafter burnt and buried in the mass grave. Accordingly the grave was excavated under the supervision of the Mullaitivu Additional Magistrate M. Iman. The excavations which lasted two days ended yesterday. The terrorists had been maintaining this torture chamber in a location 10 kilometres away from the Mullaitivu highway.
The terrorsits in custody had revealed that eight Army soldiers and 18 naval ratings had been tortured from 2006. Thereafter they had been executed on 6th January 2009 and buried. Accordingly investigations at the mass grave commenced under the supervision of the Police Terrorist Monitoring Unit, seven Judicial Medical Officers and Archaeological, Geological, Survey, Judicial, Police and Army officers.
The torture Chamber had been set up so that it could not be located from above. It comprised 22 chambers. Two soldiers had been detained in each chamber. The tiger suspects had revealed that they had been brought out for a short period once in 15 days. With the soldiers of the humanitarian operations entering this location, the soldiers had been executed and burnt. The tiger suspects further revealed that they fled the areas with the arrival of soldiers of the operation.