On March 5, 2005 TamilNet reported, "Residents of traditional Muslim village of Pulmoddai closed their shops, set up road blocks, and burnt tyres Saturday protesting against the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) for forcibly digging their cemetery and removing human remains out of the burial sites, sources said. Pulmoddai village is located about 65 km, north of Trincomalee town on the border area close to Mullaitivu district. The cemetery is in close proximity to the SLA camp located in a property belonging to the Ilmenite Factory, police said. Pulmoddai Police officers rushed to the site immediately on receipt of information that about two thousand Muslim villagers had surrounded the cemetery to prevent army personnel from further tampering their burial place, sources said. A Muslim activist said they noticed a SLA soldier with a human skull and skeletons removed from the burial ground. When a group of angry Muslim residents and officials of the mosque rushed to the site the soldier fled to the camp leaving the human remains in the cemetery, sources said."