Sri Lanka: Unidentified mutilated body scare Tamils in Mullaitivu

A mutilated body found in an abandoned well in northeastern Sri Lanka has raised alarm bells among the locals who live under constant fear and intimidation.

Based on a court order the body was retrieved from the well in the presence of the local magistrate and efforts are continuing to search the missing body parts from one arm.

Officials have called upon the public to come forward to identify the body found at Navatkadu in the Mulliavalai police division on 30th December.

Police say none is missing from the area.

Illegal logging

Since the area around that place is known to be notorious for illegal logging and smuggling, suspicions have been raised if the body is connected to illegal logging.

Families from the area are among the thousands who are endeavouring to establish the fate of their loved ones who had disappeared during the war and its aftermath.

Locals allege illegal logging has been on the rise recently with connivance of forest officials and police. Also, the forest department too is accused of felling huge number of teak tress under the guise of reforestation, which were initially planted by the Tamil Eelam Forestry Division (TEFD) of the LTTE under their forest restoration programme launched during the ceasefire between 2002-2006.

Police have released details of the dress worn by the dead and have appealed for help in identifying the individual.

According to details released the dead was apparently wearing a colourless nylon sarong and a T-shirt of red and blue colour.



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