Burn marks on exhumed body of Lankan housemaid

By W.P. Weerawardena, airport corr.

The body of a Sri Lankan housemaid allegedly killed 10 months ago under apparently mysterious circumstances was brought to the country yesterday evening.

Ihalagedara Indrani, a resident of Pansalwatte, Dodangaslanda, went to Saudi Arabia as a housemaid in March 2005, but her family had not heard any news from her even six months after she left.

The Airport Police said the job agency that provided her employment overseas had called her home to say she was killed in September last year and that the Saudi police were investigating the killing, although her body had been buried.
The Saudi authorities exhumed the body and sent it to Sri Lanka at the request of the woman’s family. Burn marks are reportedly visible on the body.

Airport Police Chief Inspector Eric Perera said that a post mortem would be held soon as a complaint had been lodged with the police by the brother of the dead woman.

The body is now lying at the Negombo base hospital.

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