Remains exhumed for DNA testing

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The remains of those killed in the Sainthamaruthu bomb blast in 2019 were exhumed yesterday (27).

The Kalmunai Magistrate’s Court granted permission to exhume the remains of the deceased for DNA re-examination.

The remains buried at the Ampara cemetery were exhumed in the presence of the Ampara Magistrate, the Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) and other Police Officers involved in the initial investigations, as well as the Government Analyst.

The investigators intend to re-examine the DNA to determine whether the remains of Sara Jasmine alias Pulasthini Mahendran, a converted Islamist extremist and member of Zaharan Hashim’s terror group, are among those who died inside the Sainthamaruthu safe house raided on 26 April 2019.

Sara Jasmine is the wife of Atchchi Muhammadu Muhammadu Hasthun, the suicide bomber responsible for the Katuwapitiya St. Sebastian Church bombing on 21 April 2019.

Just days after the Easter Sunday terror attacks, several people, including children, were killed in a bomb explosion inside a house in Sainthamaruthu, Kalmunai on 26 April. Mohamed Rilwan, one of Zaharan Hashim’s brothers detonated the bomb.

Despite the fact that 17 people died in the explosion,none of the DNA samples taken previously from the bodies matched that of Pulasthini’s mother.

By Thameenah Razeek