Jaffna Chief Magistrate A.A. Anandaraja on 18 September ordered all excavation work related to the scouring of gold which had been buried by the LTTE in Iruppalai, Jaffna to be halted with immediate effect.
Excavations had been carried out at a plot of land situated at Dutch Road, Iruppalai based on information received by the Kopay Police that a cache of gold had been buried at the location during the war.
However, excavations carried out with the use of backhoes in the presence of the Jaffna Chief Magistrate had not yielded desired results.
This prompted Chief Magistrate Anandaraja to issue an order for the excavation work to be stopped forthwith.
BY Sashi Kumar – Mullaitivu