Japanese team digs Assam’s WW II cemetery for remains of 11 soldiers
“We have got some data from the Commonwealth War Grave Commission that the Guwahati War Cemetery has graves of 11 Japanese soldiers who died in Northeast India during the Second World War. We propose to take whatever remains we find here for an official burial in our country,” said Ken Miyashita, Deputy Director in the Japanese Foreign Affairs Ministry in Tokyo, who is leading the team.
Half-a-dozen labourers provided by the local administration here dug the whole row of 11 graves up to four feet depth, but no significant remains could be located till sunset on Wednesday. The Japanese officials, however, collected some remains, but refused to comment.
J N Pathak, a local magistrate supervising the digging said nothing can be ascertained unless confirmed by the forensic laboratory. Officials from the archaeology department and forensic science laboratory were also present during the digging which will continue on Thursday too.
The Guwahati War Cemetery, established in 1952 by shifting graves, mostly of soldiers who had died in different hospitals during the War, has 521 graves, 11 of which belong to Japanese soldiers. Others buried or cremated here include 324 British, 143 Indian, 24 Chinese, four Canadian, four South African and one from
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