By- Staff Reporter | Date- January 19, 2012
The Guwahati War Cemetery, located in Naba Graha Road, has 548 graves, of which 486 belong to Commonwealth servicemen, 24 to Chinese soldiers, 25 to unidentified persons, 11 to Japanese soldiers and two are non-war graves.
Japan is taking back the remains of the 11 Japanese soldiers killed in the Second World War from the Guwahati War Cemetery. The exhumation of the remains of these Japanese soldiers started yesterday in the cemetery located in Nabagraha Road, Guwahati.
Three officials from Japan arrived in Guwahati two days back to take back the remains of the soldiers and to perform their last rites in their motherland that they served. The exhumation is carried out in the presence of officials of Commonwealth War Graves Commission, a magistrate, Assam police personnel and representatives from State Department of Archaeology and Forensic Science Laboratory. The Japanese officials are Ken Miyashita, Deputy Director of the Office of Foreign Affairs, Koju Matsubayashi, First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan in India and Masahiro Takeda from the Planning Division of War Victim Relief Bureau, Japan.
As per reports, the remains found in the graves were collected by the Forensic Science Laboratory and tests are being conducted post confirmation of which these would be handed over to the Japanese officials. The exhumation is expected to be completed today.
It is to be mentioned that The Guwahati War Cemetery was established during the World War II for burials of those killed during the Second World War in the Assam sector. North East India has four cemeteries maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) at Guwahati, Digboi, Kohima and Imphal.