Suspicious human remains are continued to be recovered from the mass grave at the entrance of the Mannar Sathosa premises. More than 111 skeletons have been recovered from here and it has been reported that large number of skulls are visible below the current excavations and it seems that the number of skeletons will go on increasing in bounds.
The main thing that ragging the minds of excavators as well as the visitors to the site is that not a single piece of cloth or clothes have been found with the skeletons. Even though it could be assumed that the cloths would have been deteriorated completely by the soil, what had happened to the buttons, metal parts likes hooks etc.? Speculation is running wild that the bodies may have been buried naked. Further, bodies found in various positions of twists, and bends and some in standing position indicating that the burial was either in haste or in disorderly manner.
Another source said the victims are not from the Mannar Island ,which could have caused tension there. Nothing of that sort is evident as no significant numbers had gone missing in Mannar Island. This source suggests, as the transport out of the North was through the Mannar Island, these may be people from other districts, who were trying escape through Mannar or who had come late for shopping before returning to Illuppaikadavai.
It was also reported that gunshot injuries are evident on the skulls and fractures in other bones.
Another source said that a Maliban Biscuit outer cover, price marked at Rs.5 had been found in the mass grave, suggesting the burial date to be in or around 1990, when that particular brand was sold at Rs.5/=. un confirmed reports said that the Maliban Company had confirmed this dating.