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Mass grave excavated in Sri Lanka likely of leftist insurgents in late 1980s

London, Mar. 29 (ANI): A mass grave discovered in November in Sri Lanka is roughly 25 years old, a forensic archaeologist has said.

The archaeologist’s conclusions have strengthened arguments that the 150 bodies are those of leftist insurgents who launched a failed revolution in the late 1980s.

Archaeologist Raj Somadeva is one of several experts investigating the grave in the central town of Matale.

He told the BBC that he believed that the skeletons dated to between 1986 and 1990.

According to the report, early accounts given by officials when the grave was first unearthed suggested the deaths might not have been political in nature.

It was during construction work on the Matale district hospital that the first sets of human remains were unearthed.

Matale was an epicenter of the late 1980s insurgency by a Sinhalese leftist group, the JVP, in which the state matched the guerrillas’ extreme violence with equal bloodshed, the report sad.

Thousands of prisoners were rounded up and many subsequently ‘disappeared’, thousands of others were burnt to death or decapitated, the report added. (ANI)

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