GUWAHATI, Jan 18 � As per the request of the Japan Government, the exhumation of the remains of 11 Japanese soldiers killed during World War II began here in the Guwahati War Cemetery today.
The exhumation, which started this morning and continued for over two hours, is being done in the presence of a Japanese delegation, local Kamrup (Metro) district civil and police administration, forensic experts, Archeological Department officials and personnel of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), which maintains the Guwahati War Cemetery located in Silpukhuri area.
The process is expected to be completed by tomorrow. The exhumation was executed after the Japan Government, on November 2010, expressed the need to trace out the remains of Japanese soldiers buried in the Guwahati War Cemetry.
The three-member Japanese team is being led by Ken Miyashita, Deputy Director, Office of Foreign Affairs, Planning division of War Victims Relief, Social Welfare and War Victims Relief Bureau, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan.
The regional manager of North-East India, CWGC, Salew Psotte, told this reporter that some samples were collected by the forensic team and at this moment it could not be confirmed whether anything has been found.