Following the discovery of two cells equipped with luxury utilities inside the Negombo Prison, the Department of Prisons has transferred 23 prison officials including eight Superintendents and 15 Assistant Superintendents with immediate effect.
Commissioner General of Prisons Thushara Upuldeniya speaking to the media today said the move to replace the prison officials was also a result of the direction of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa who had called for rectifications in the department.
Expressing his displeasure over rampant malpractices within the prions, the President was critical of the deteriorating situation within the prisons, which, he insisted, should be rectified immediately.
Upuldeniya also said several measures have been taken to ensure the prevention of illegal activities within the prisons. Accordingly, a unit for the public to submit their complaints related to prison officials and also prison inmates who are still serving sentences has been declared open on Monday at the Prisons Head Quarters.
“The public will be able to send us any complaints against prison officials or prisoners by calling us on 011-2678600,” Upuldeniya said.
Speaking on the much-talked discovery of luxury cells inside the Negombo Prison, the Commissioner General said that the Superintendent of the Negombo Prison has been transferred pending an investigation done by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and an internal disciplinary inquiry by the Prisons Department.
Further action against the official will be taken based on the outcome of the inquiries to find out his associates because the department believes the practice of favoring convicted drug kingpins must have been carried out with the assistance of other officials in the department.
Meanwhile, in an attempt to provide jobs for inmates has been launched by the department.
They have provided job opportunities for a selected group of 120 prisoners who are serving 7 year jail terms.
According to Chandana Ekanayake, Commissioner General of Prisons (Rehabilitation and Administration), the selected group of prisoners will start their new jobs on Monday at a construction site under heavy security and the supervision of prison department officers.
“As the first phase of this programme, we have selected 120 prisoners. They will be paid a salary for their work. This will boost their mental health and give them aspirations for a better future,” he said. (Piyumi Fonseka)
Sudantha Vidanage Wednesday, 17 June 2020 12:17 AM
Very good way of rehabillitaion of the priosners.
stanley de silva Wednesday, 17 June 2020 04:18 AM
Better train them to repair and install refrigerators
in the various prisons
Buddhist Wednesday, 17 June 2020 02:11 AM
While transferring the prison officials is welcoming, how come the same rogues who have cases against them in courts are still contesting the election under various party tickets?
Saman Wednesday, 17 June 2020 03:49 AM
If proved corrupted, no excuse please. Cannot send them to jail as they will get royal treatment by their colleagues in the prison system. Please confiscate all their assets and auction it immediately so these officers will repay the unfairly earned money.
hoodwinker Wednesday, 17 June 2020 06:12 AM
stop using cell phones in prisons,incl. officers. this is serious!
Francis Wednesday, 17 June 2020 07:08 AM
Talking about arresting and interdicting and remanding are all bull shit. Take action to punish them by thinking outside the box and confiscate their properties or auction them without delay . This is the only language these bastards and the rest will understand
Nimtex Wednesday, 17 June 2020 08:22 AM
Why welikada prison is isolated from any action?
BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 17 June 2020 09:02 AM
Transfers does not solve the problem, the shit is still there but just transferred.
Sokrates Wednesday, 17 June 2020 09:20 AM
For over 20 years, high-ranking criminals have been housed in the Negombo Prison's women's and children's wing in well-equipped individual cells. There was even a luxuriously furnished suite consisting of 2 single cells with TV, refrigerator, music system, fans, mobile phones and other luxury items. For years there was a contract killer and gang leader housed who had lost a leg in a gang fight. The latter even had his own servant at his disposal. At those times, the prison was run by a young, agile Superintendent, a thoroughly corrupt lawyer who even refused promotion because it was linked to a transfer to headquarters. He would have lost bribes that exceeded his salary many times over.
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