26 November, 2020

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Mannar Mass Grave Reveals More Skeletons

Remains of four more individuals were found at the Mannar mass grave site bringing the total  number of skeletons found to 36, the BBC reports. In December last year,  construction workers discovered human remains when they were excavating at Tiruketheesvaran in the Mannar District.

Mannar mass graveDr.Dananjaya Vaidyaratne, the specialist Judicial Medical Officer in charge of the excavation revealed that human bodies were stacked in several layers and some of the bodies had been disturbed due to the road construction activities. The JMO observed that no items of clothing had been discovered during the excavations, the BBC report said.

This is the first mass grave site discovered in the Northern Province since the end of the war. Earlier last year construction workers stumbled on another mass grave in Matale in central Sri Lanka. At least 154 people had been buried in the grave, a hotbed of the JVP between 1987 and 1990. Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was the commanding officer in charge of the Matale District during the JVP insurgency period. Later the government sent the skeletons found from the Matale site to China for forensic testing including bone dating.

The findings of this investigation are yet to be made public.

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    More handiwork of “the sole representatives of Tamils”.

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      Sri Lanka……..an island full of mass graves.
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      :-)

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      I am sure an international investigation should prove or disprove it !

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      Don’t forget the mass grave of 1989 in the Blood bath of Sinhalese by experienced Sinhala Buddhist army.

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        Ajith,

        We go from mass grave to mass grave: Matale, Manar, Mullivaakkaal, Mulaithevu, you name them ….. and the perpetrators go Scot free!

        Sri Lanka: Land like no other, mind your every step; you might stumble upon a mass grave, or you might end up in one!

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          yes proba got off scott free with a bullet to the brain :)

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            Abhaya

            VP was hacked to death.

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              What BS. Do you think soldiers go to war carrying axes these days? He was fished out of the water and given his just desserts with a T-56.

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          Luckily, many of the 1971 and 1987-89 victims were spread out and many more are swimming with the fish.

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      You may have to get your head checked, Dev! Who said the Government is the whole representative of the Tamils? If you try to implicate the Tamil groups, you may have to look at the fanfare of (a) the identification of the recovered items from the Lion Air flight, allegedly shot by the Tiger, (b) the bus museum at Aranthalawe, allegedly undertaken under the orders of Karuna (the darling of Rajapakses) (http://www.dailymirror.lk/caption-story/27158-memorial-museum-for-aranthawala-massacre.html – see how happy Mahinda was in the picture). The Government would have invited the whole world to see how ruthless the Tamil terrorists are. But, the logic fails on some people. We can oly hope that there would be some improvement soon.

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      Derv

      “More handiwork of “the sole representatives of Tamils”.”

      Including Matale pit.

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      what about Matale MAss grave.

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    There were clear instructions from the top SL military man to dump all murdered Tamil bodies into deep sea.
    These small graves in the north may have been used when there were not enough trailers, trucks to transport dead bodies from front line army bases to navy ports… you all shoud know if bodies start decompose, then those bodies can’t be transported.. but I guess most of bodies were dumped in deep sea..

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      You must be some kind of big shot to be privy to this sort of information about who gave what orders to whom in the top echelons of the SL military. LOL.

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        Dev,are you sivasankaran sarma who ends his comments with a D AKA david blacker.Now sivasankaran does not come on his favourite topic war crimes after being exposed,but suddenly dev comes from nowhere with the same sarcastic writing style as david.

        david i don’t know why you are so scared of the LTTE even now and hiding behind all kind of names.The wounds you got from your army days must be still frightening you.

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      AVB

      “These small graves in the north may have been used when there were not enough trailers, trucks to transport dead bodies from front line army bases to navy ports”

      Can you confirm it with David Blacker?

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    Police should question the RDA as to how a road had been built over these graves without disccovering. A cover up ? Also DNA testing will reveal the ethnicity and probable origins. Forensic science has much advanced and the Govt should avail of the US Govt offer to set up a full forensic lab to test all these bodies being unearthed in diffrent parts of the country.

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    Tamil Doctors are barred from the site. wonder why?

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      Rajesh,
      Do you think that Tamils must be everywhere and every activity by doing by the government???

      The way you don’t trust Sinhalese, we don’t trust you guys.. Is it not fare???

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        trust is two ways

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        Sinhalese don’t trust Tamils, Tamils don’t trust Sinhalese. The solution: Go on separate ways!!

        The sinhalese don’t want that either. 100,000 innocent civilians have to die, because of SINHALA SUPREMACY!!the country has become known to be the most violent country in the world!! Younger generation has fallen back on education, become drug addicts, thanks to the bad governance!!!

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      Then we will have to bring anther backhoe to dig Tamil doctors’ mass grave!

      Fool!

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    Will we ever know the truth about any such investigations, including the ‘ Missing In Action’ in the armed forces?
    I remember being horrified by the photographs of the littler girls who had been shot through their vaginas by purported members of the armed forces in Mannar. Sri Lanka and all its peoples-more precisely those who claimed to represent them- have much blood and gore in their hands The JVP insurrection and the Tamil militancy have brought out the worst in us and diminished us as humans. We chose to become carnivores that massacred our own human kind. What is sad is that we are unable to repent and make amends. We continue to justify and camouflage the unjustifiable , the criminality, the bestiality and the utterly inhuman, yet. No higher cause justified our behaviour. What is worse is we yet look for the splint in the ‘ Enemy’s ‘ eye, while living with a large thorn in our own!

    The simple and very pronounceable word ‘ Sorry’ , ‘Samahvenna’ and. ‘ Manikkavum’ have become the most difficult for us to articulate!

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Well said. Is that you Naresh? We people should utilize methods to change our thinking pattern and eventually our society to healthy and a habitable one. Who cares?

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        Mano Alfred

        “Who cares?”

        I do care.

        Believe me, I don’t want any stupid Tamils or stupid Sinhalese in my ancestral land and am working very hard to throw them out of this island.

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          Native Vedda: I am so sorry to have to disappoint you with the simple but incontrovertible truth that you are lumbered till the end of your days with all these ‘newcomers’. Serves you lot right for NOT acting when the buggers first turned up. You all should have stopped your searching for honey and turned your attention to repelling the odious invaders from across the seas. Ditto, your friends down under in that huge southern continent. What’s the point in crying like a child for something your people couldn’t defend like men? Nothing personal NV, enjoy the quiet of the forest whilst you still can.

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            Spring Koha

            Thanks for your soothing words and reminding us of our past mistakes.

            However when bogus asylum seekers came to these shores my ancestors were sympathetic to their plight, you know not out of fear but out of goodness of their heard.

            Perhaps my ancestors were naive to let your (Tamil & Sinhala) kallathonies mostly from ancient and medieval Tamilaham.

            “You all should have stopped your searching for honey and turned your attention to repelling the odious invaders from across the seas.”

            Well, not all my ancestors were gainfully employed in honey collection and distribution industry. Please refer to SU Dereniyagala for evidence which would inform you about settled life in and around Anuradhapura area even 2,900 years ago.

            If Tamils and Sinhalese are not happy with each other then the only way forward is to go back to India shining whence their ancestors came, on board kallthonies.

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          Native Vedda or Veddha?

          The pattern of thoughts reflect in comments in whole, doesn’t justify that one really cares. However, does anyone have an atom size idea of how to CHANGE? even if anyone having one, who is willing to exercise?

          “Believe me, I don’t want any stupid Tamils or stupid Sinhalese in my ancestral land and am working very hard to throw them out of this island” I humbly suggest you night dreaming. Broaden the thinking and see for yourself.

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      Rajasingham,

      Now you say “The simple and very pronounceable word ‘ Sorry’ , ‘Samahvenna’ and. ‘ Manikkavum’ have become the most difficult for us to articulate”!

      Please look at a mirror.

      Did you ever apologize for your grossly undue castigating of the Diaspora for not pouring funds into the regime’s hands as you cheerleaded for them for four years, before rather belatedly realizing that MR is not to be trusted?

      If you are genuinely convinced that a simple apology has such healing powers as you now seem to portray, why did you not apologize? What audacity for you to be so be sanctimonious on that count now? Your continued masquerading is frankly sickening.

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      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

      A neat summary of what any sane minded descent people would want to express themselves of their outrage only to be constrained by their mild manners.

      However, it is also important the stupid Tamils and stupid Sinhalese discuss the root cause of all that had wrong in this island. Failing to do so would only prolong the suffering of all people.

      As a seasoned observer you have a duty to fulfil.

      Gamini, Senguttuvan and other like minded commentators should get together or pool together your collective knowledge and initiate a fresh discussion by drafting and publishing a discussion paper or series of papers. Hope the paper(s) include discussion on the nature of the state, quality of governance and how best to rebuild the state and its institutions representing all people.

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        Native Vedda,

        “However, it is also important the stupid Tamils and stupid Sinhalese discuss the root cause of all that had wrong in this island” – The problem is all persons is Sri Lanka are stupid. How can you expect them to have the brains to discuss the root cause of the problems when they are rooted into arcane and mythical beliefs.

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          BBS Rep

          ” The problem is all persons is Sri Lanka are stupid. How can you expect them to have the brains to discuss the root cause of the problems when they are rooted into arcane and mythical beliefs.”

          The answer is in the last paragraph.

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          This is a problem for all of South Asia, the masses and even many of the affluent class subscribe to superstitions, gods, godmen and religion. These irrational beliefs have crippled South Asians but the educated class still keep believing in it, despite there being ample educational material to open their minds.

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      They have done too many crimes, murders, rapes, kidnapping, torture etc.etc. Do you expect them to own up now? They are only good at hurting others. Cowards and greedy for money and perks. Without this they are worth not even zero!!

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      Disgusting!

      Everyday over a thousand Tamil women are abused by the army.

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      “I remember being horrified by the photographs of the littler girls who had been shot through their vaginas by purported members of the armed forces in Mannar. “

      Dr.RN i know about the vankalai massacre of the martin moorthy family in mannar,but not heard about the one you describe.Do you have a link?

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    ‘The Lord said, ” What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood

    cries out to Me from the ground..” – Genesis.4.

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      I wish the Lord had kept his/her/its hands shut.

      After creating an utterly incompetent, callous and violent beast called humans the Lord then asks them to be kindhearted. The Lord ultimately msut bear the responsibility for all horrors its creation has unleashed.

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        BBS Rep.
        ‘The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become,
        and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only
        evil all the time.The Lord was grieved that He had made man on the
        earth, and His heart was filled with pain.’ – Genesis.6.6

        The entire account of the Bible is about a Holy and Just
        God pursuing and providing a Way out for His beloved
        creation,through His Son Jesus Christ.
        Jesus Christ ‘bore the responsibility for all the horrors its
        creatures unleashed,’ when He died for us sinners on the Cross.
        Only Jesus Christ can change ‘callous and violent beasts’ in to
        a ‘new creation’ through His Spirit coming to indwell us.

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          Sandy my friend,

          The fact is god made a mess. To undo the mess the only means he knows is seinding an occasional prophet to earth to sermonise or as you claim his son. All such action he took to undo his mess was to create an even greater mess. Rajapaksa clan’s crimes or for that matter Hitler’s or Pol Pot’s crimes pales into insignificance when you consider the crimes unleashed by god and his messengers.

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            Sir, the ‘messengers’ have only been asked to share the ‘message’.
            To believe or disbelieve is a choice for which you alone are responsible.

            ” What shall I do then, with Jesus who is called Christ?”, Pilate
            asked..but they shouted all the louder, ” Crucify him!”.

            “This is the verdict.Light has come into the world, but men loved
            darkness instead of Light, because their deeds were evil.Everyone who does evil hates the Light, for fear his deeds
            will be exposed.But whoever lives by the Truth, comes into the Light..” (John.3, Matthew.27.Holy Bible)

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    Rayappu will be able to throw light about this grave as he did cluster bombs with Rapp……..
    \There is another Rayappu surprise for Rapp.

    Quote: The Lord said, ” What have you done? oh! I have just cluster bombed Sri Lanka with Savundranayakam for RAPP to hear…

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    Bodies have been found in the terrorist controlled area. Period!

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      you are an idiot. Period!

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    Ryappu did it . now put the turd in jail .

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      Abhaya

      “Ryappu did it . now put the turd in jail.

      Why not, only after setting up a commission.

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    it’s simple..send the remains for a DNA and we should know if they are Tamils, or Sinhalease or Muslims or whoe ever

    why is the government reluctant to do this.

    It appears to me that the Rajapakase regimes tactics is to keep quiet and the problem will go away

    wheter it comes to attack on Churches or Mosques or finding of maas graves ….their policy is

    do not hear anything that is implicative
    do not see anything that is implicative
    do not speak anything that is implicative

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      That would be hard to discern because Tamils, Sinhala and most Muslims are genotypically similar to each other .

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    The truth shall never be known………

    Everyone with knowledge of the incident is either dead or compromised – walking dead!

    The rest of us – We just waste our time speculating to no avail.

    Whoever these persons were, they were Sri Lankans and did not deserve the death they ultimately met. It is our responsibility to try and ensure the truth surfaces at some point.

    Do we have a Nelson Mandela living some where in Sri Lanka ?

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      As it happens, Liyanaarachchige Nelson Mandela Wijesuriya lives in Kolinjaadiya near Wennapuwa and works as tour guide. Like his namesake, a very nIce guy.

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    Arrest Rayappu and do a forensic examination of his bishop house. Then every one knows how many Tamil captives were killed at bishop house by LTTE.

    Chandra fernando of batticaloa was killed by EPRLF because many of their comrades were tortued at his Bishop house by LTTE/EROS!

    If his bishop house raided, Army/police can find jewellery of Tamils as well as tons of cash which was given by LTTE.

    Catholic Church is the loot keeper of LTTE.

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      Well said!

      And they will find 10,000 Tamil women locked up.

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        Each time you spit out venom remember you insult the mother who bore you.

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      “Arrest Rayappu and do a forensic examination of his bishop house. Then every one knows how many Tamil captives were killed at bishop house by LTTE.”

      Why waste time doing “a forensic examination” you can concoct one when you have experts who can do this! A time will come about soon when you will quietly crawl back into your own shell and never to peep out your head again!

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        Dont worry. Your request will be fulfilled soon.

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