These fifteen bodies were Catholic priests and nuns who had served in the area and had died ten years ago, according to the police.
Police said the bodies were exhumed based on an appeal made to Court by the Mannar Catholic diocese.
According to the residents, this cemetery was once a Catholic cemetery, but with time all other persons had been buried there.
Accordingly, the Mannar Police said these fifteen bodies were being exhumed in order to inter them in the separately established Catholic burial ground.
These bodies that were exhumed were re-interned at the new Catholic Cemetery in the presence of the Magistrate.