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 Post Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 9:19 pm 
Shocking execution of 9, bodies in dump
Hands tied and blind-folded; woman among victims found in Wennappuwa

@ DM /Saturday, June 09, 2007
By Hubert Fernando and Ravindra Liyanage

As fear gripped the country over the spate of killings and abductions, police yesterday revealed shocking news that nine unidentified bodies were found near a garbage dump at Dummaladeniya in Wennapuwa.

“The bodies were in a badly decomposed state and mutilated. We are still searching the area because there could be more bodies,” a senior police official of the area told the Daily Mirror last night.

He said the victims including a woman had been killed in “execution style with their hands tied behind their backs and blindfolded.” He also said the police suspected the bodies might have been brought to the area yesterday after carrying out the killings elsewhere about a week ago.

“The killers had shot and killed these unidentified persons,” the official said adding that there were gunshot wounds in the bodies.

According to Wennapuwa police Inspector V. Somaratne, these mutilated bodies were found in a rubbish dump near the Dummaladeniya Bridge by a group of women, who had gone to the jungle to collect firewood.

“We cannot even identify whether these were male or female bodies,” the inspector said.

Meanwhile, the Defence Ministry said in a statement the bodies were “badly decomposed and in an unidentifiable condition.”

Three months ago police found an unidentified body with gun shot injuries in the same area.

The government yesterday said it felt there was foul play behind the dumping of bodies at Dummaladeniya in Wennappuwa.

Media Center for National Security Director General Lakshman Hulugalle said the identity of the bodies or how they came there remained a mystery. He said it could easily be somebody’s attempt to embarrass and humiliate the government through such sinister moves. The President had ordered an immediate probe into the incident, he said.

Under a special directive from President Mahinda Rajapaksa, police Chief Victor Perera dispatched a police team from Colombo to probe the massacre.

A week ago two Red Cross Workers from Batticaloa were found killed in Ratnapura, hours after they were abducted by gunmen posing as policemen in Colombo.

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