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article imageMysterious mass grave discovered in central Sri Lanka

By Patrick Devaney     Dec 15, 2012 in World
Matale - The remains of dozens of people were unearthed last month in the center of the country as a variety of theories try to solve this bizarre and suspicious find.
In total, the bodies of 58 people have been exhumed from a mass grave in the city of Matale, Sri Lanka. The initial attempt to explain the revelation is that it is the scene of a crime that was carried out many years ago.
A forensic medical specialist, Ajith Jayasena, told the BBC that it looked like ''the site of a crime'' and it would be highly unusual for such a large quantity of people to be buried in such circumstances. Mr. Jayasena's theory is further backed up by the fact that native Sinhalese guerrillas participated in a savage and ruthless left wing insurgency more than two decades ago in the area.
"We have to find out whether they are male or female, their age, whether they had any injuries, and the cause or circumstances of their deaths.''
"Finding multiple human remains there means we have suspicions," he added.
The group who fought in the region back in the 1980's, the JVD, suspect that the bodies may be members of their organization.
However it is too early to say at this stage and more theories have been suggested as locals are puzzled by the development in the area.
A Colombo police spokesman, Prishantha Jayakody, told the BBC that he believes the find is not as sinister as some might fear, with Mother Nature possibly playing a big role.
"We can't pinpoint [the exact time this occurred]," he stated.
"But we can say it's more than 60 years old. The doctors and neighbors say so. Old guys, 80 or 90 years old, said there was a big landslide nearby. Five hundred people [either] died [or] were taken to hospital and badly treated. That was in 1946."
Employees of the hospital also have a different belief in that the fatalities were caused by smallpox.
Whatever conclusions that are eventually drawn on the issue will take longer than usual as the human remains had been damaged somewhat by the construction workers in the area.
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