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Japan to take home remains of soldiers

WW-II * 11 were buried in Guwahati War Cemetery

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati |
January 18, 2012 3:09:53 am

The Japanese government is exhuming and taking away the remains of 11 of its soldiers buried in the Guwahati War Cemetery for more than six decades now. A team of Japanese officials arrived here on Tuesday for the purpose.

Ashutosh Agnihotri,Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup (Metro),said removal of the remains of the soldiers was being done following a request from the Japanese government to New Delhi. Several major battles of the Second World War were fought in Northeast,the most important being the Battle of Kohima.

“The exhumation will be carried out in the presence of a magistrate and the police,apart from officials of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission,Department of Archaeology and forensic science laboratory,” said Agnihotri. The Guwahati War Cemetery has 546 graves,of which 486 belong to Commonwealth servicemen,24 Chinese,25 unidentified and 11 Japanese.

The Guwahati War Cemetery,maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission,was established during the Second World War for burials from various military hospitals in the area.

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