Thajudeen’s body parts missing

Several bones and other parts of former Rugby player Wasim Thajudeen’s body had gone missing and unable to be located in the deep freezer or the mortuary coolers at the Colombo JMO office, former Chief Judicial Medical Officer Prof. Ananda Samarasekara said.

Filing a report before Colombo Additional Magistrate Nishantha Peiris, former Chief JMO Prof. Ananda Samarasekara who is currently functioning as the head of Forensic Medicine Department, at the Faculty of Medicine at SAITM in Malabe, said following the first post mortem inquiry on May 17, 2012, he instructed to store the body parts including the chest plates, a part of a trachea and thigh bones (femur) in the deep freezer. Thereafter, he said a new freezer had been installed in the mortuary following the failure of the earlier one and he was of the view that anyone or any institution might have taken away and destroyed the body parts.

However, he said that he does not have any knowledge regarding the activities that took place following his retirement on June 3, 2013.

Prof. Samarasekara said he along with a CID officer visited the JMO office in Colombo in accordance with a Court order issued on September 23, 2015. He said upon arrival there he met the panel of forensic medical practitioners who conducted the second autopsy on the remains exhumed on a Courts order. He said the CID officer accompanied by the panel of medical officers and two assistants inspected the cool room compartment of the building and he in their presence with the assistance of two minor staff members searched for the bones and other parts said to be missing.

“However, they could not be found in the deep freezer or the mortuary coolers,” Prof.Samarasekara said.

Further magisterial inquiry into the incident was fixed for today (10).

On July 27, the CID submitted to Court that the death of Sri Lankan and former Havelocks SC ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen was not an accident but murder.

The CID had informed court that the investigations conducted so far had revealed that Thajudeen’s teeth had been broken, the bones in the pelvic region also broken and his neck pierced with a sharp instrument prior to his death. The CID added that muscles in his legs had been cut with a piece of broken class.

Wasim Thajudeen was killed, apparently, in a road accident in Colombo in May 2012.

Earlier, the police had maintained that Thajudeen was driving to the airport and had lost control of his car and crashed into the wall of Shalika Grounds on Park Road, Narahenpita, and that his vehicle had exploded within seconds of the crash.