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Video: Prison riot: death toll rises to 27

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Sri Lankan troops found 11 bodies of convicts Saturday raising the death toll in an overnight prison riot in the capital to 27, prisons minister said.
Minister Chandrasiri Gajadeera told parliament that 27 people were killed in Friday's rioting at Colombo's maximum security Welikada prison where inmates fought gunbattles with elite police commandos who carried out a search.

"Sixteen bodies are at the hospital and another 11 were found in the prison today," Gajadeera said in a special statement to the legislature. "I have appointed a three-member committee to investigate the incident."



Army spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya earlier said troops recovered six bodies of inmates from the prison on Saturday morning.

"During our search operation this morning, we found six dead bodies of inmates in addition to the 16 bodies at the hospital last night," Wanigasooriya told AFP.

He said prison guards and police had also carried out searches and may have recovered more bodies.

The minister said rioting inmates had seized 82 guns, including automatic assault rifles, from a prison armoury they broke into, but the authorities were able to recover most of them.

"A search is on for five weapons which are still missing," the minister said.

Hospital sources said that at least one prison guard was among those killed. Thirteen police commandos and four soldiers were also among 43 people who were wounded in the riot.- AFP






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-68+102 # The Goblin 2012-11-10 11:00
Fast tracking the death penalty ?
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-3+21 # janman 2012-11-11 12:00
That is not the case.This minister and the aHead of the prison still holding their posts.If it happenend in a Democratic country both has already given up their posts.Am I correct.
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-125+146 # Ravin 2012-11-10 11:30
Nice cover up for the useless budget.
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-36+132 # MAN - ZCC 2012-11-10 11:32
WHY NOT INTRODUCE THE DEATH PENALTY CRIMES WILL DRASTICALLY REDUCE
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-47+60 # paul 2012-11-10 13:15
The death penalty does not reduce crime. Check out the statistics in USA where crime rates are higher in states with death penalty. How do you teach people not to kill by killing people???
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-4+9 # Guest 2012-11-11 10:25
It shows the inefficiency of the govt rule of democracy.
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-68+155 # frank hilary 2012-11-10 11:37
This is purely the direct result of the bad example set by the present day legislators of this country.
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-58+94 # Lanka Lokkah 2012-11-10 11:42
Very,Very TRUE
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-20+60 # Kondebandapuchhena 2012-11-10 11:43
If you notice how violent they are at the roof death toll will rise more,now is the right time to carry out Death penalty,
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-17+60 # The Goblin 2012-11-10 13:01
Now is the time to bring sanity to Sri Lanka society. This is the result of poor governess.
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-25+84 # Nimal 2012-11-10 11:48
Death Penalty has to be introduced, these Criminals can never be rehabilitated, they are a danger/ threat for the civil society, Understand around 15 have escaped, I wish all these Guys were killed/shot by STF, this was a good opportunity to get rid of these dangerous criminals/ unfortunately STF/Army missed this golden opportunity
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-28+85 # Lanka 2012-11-10 11:52
The minister should resign from his post.
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-15+37 # Mangala 2012-11-10 13:14
Im not a SLgov supporter, but for what he should resign? He did good thing by ordering to STF to search. I think firing order also should get from court before go into prison.
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-50+98 # meenavan 2012-11-10 11:52
killing animal should be banned....but killing human.....? miracle of asia
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-15+23 # Aeiou 2012-11-10 22:12
animals dont sell drugs & kidnap people..
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-6+76 # patana 2012-11-10 11:58
Oh right. We have a prisons minister too. He has only the prisons to look after. But he seems to be an abject failure.
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-0+9 # Kool 2012-11-10 18:56
Erm... out of the 225 who are not failures ? I only think we can account for about 10% to being successful.
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-22+45 # Jagath Leanage 2012-11-10 12:03
Hope it will be hundreds or thousands. What is the purpose of keeping these culprits ( Drug dealers, Murderers, Rapists etc) inside a prisson and feeding them with our tax money?
Hope and pray nothing has happened to our great soldiers and STF gentlemen and other officials.
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-5+1 # lasagne 2012-11-11 15:30
You forget to add tamils
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-13+20 # kuttimani 2012-11-10 12:04
wel come guys , i am here, we will live together
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-2+6 # RamUK 2012-11-11 22:52
it is shame you remind me 83 July again which looks like fun for you but i lost my dad hopefully you understand others feelings ...never learn...
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-0+5 # Lobo 2012-11-12 07:47
Sorry for your loss but don't think all SInhalese are barbarians like the criminals in these jails. There were many who sacrificed and risked what little they had to help and safeguard tamils at that time.
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-20+22 # RamUK 2012-11-10 12:11
Men from stone age can not chage them easily those pic spk for them self this what sl represented by..
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-1+4 # Lobo 2012-11-11 11:24
These are also your countrymen...so what does that make you?
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-2+3 # RamUK 2012-11-11 16:13
Feel utterly embarrassed but at least i used the free education brought by Kanankara and Mahapola Scholarship by Lalith ...so i assume i am bit different
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-2+1 # Lobo 2012-11-11 18:02
Nevertheless, they are still your countrymen and any shame they bring is a shame to us all which is a ptiy.
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-4+73 # OMG 2012-11-10 12:17
Seriously the prisons should be moved away from Colombo.
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-8+37 # bandara 2012-11-10 13:26
still media exposed only one side of the story, the rootcoause is still hidden ?
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-5+45 # ashok 2012-11-10 13:27
This is all due to corrupt prison employees, those who are responsible should be put behind Bars.
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-34+47 # kabi 2012-11-10 13:34
These comments show the mentality of the srilankan people... 27 humans died no person showed a sympathy for them. A true human being should show sympathy even to an enemy...
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-11+12 # Aeiou 2012-11-10 22:08
the dead are convicted criminals.. involved in drugs & kidnapping.. from their proson cells.
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-9+44 # Upu 2012-11-10 13:35
This is how problems are solved in Sri Lankan way.
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-28+45 # Raju Raju 2012-11-10 13:42
They are human too.
Their mothers carried them for 300 days in their womb.
But the government can't wait for at least 36 hours?
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-56+38 # Sarath 2012-11-10 14:09
These killings cannot be justified. They were unarmed prisoners.
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-2+15 # Fair N Square 2012-11-10 22:29
they were ARMED, they broke in to the armoury.READ b4 u comment..
Wish the STF killed all of em so they don't live another day to do something even worse.. now the burden of compensating and caring for the stf's widows n family is the responsibility of the TAX payers..
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-8+1 # lasagne 2012-11-11 15:29
I think we can justify. I hope they all are tami l s like in 1983
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-0+4 # manpei 2012-11-12 07:15
lasangne. There's a special place in hell for people like you.
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-24+26 # patriot 2012-11-10 14:35
Thank God, SF is out of this hell hole.
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-4+5 # lovesri 2012-11-10 19:08
We are paying for all these jokes
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-0+25 # Namal 2012-11-10 21:23
Never ever say that killing prisoners is a good thing. they are the future of Sri lanka. We lost 27 people politicians. These people are rehabilitated here to rule our country and to help the ones who rules. Since our politicians earn a such poor salary, these people make a living for them. Now this is a very sad situation. Now who will fill up the position of these 27. It takes years to be one.
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-0+8 # Faris, 2012-11-10 21:32
Send our Doctor, things can be under controlled within a short period.
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-0+2 # LankanLion 2012-11-10 21:39
2011?
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-4+11 # Aeiou 2012-11-10 22:00
Very good.. well done kotabya.. we dont want our tax monies wasted on feeding these criminal.. pls continue this good work.
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-0+7 # palitha 2012-11-10 22:41
top dogs don't mind ..all are underdogs
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-1+3 # hassa 2012-11-10 22:44
this search oporation must continued and a total clean up hve to be in in prisons
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-5+5 # Ansushka Himali 2012-11-10 23:03
They fought a good battle with STF , even Karuna and Pillayen during their terrorsist days could not do with STF in the eastern front
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-0+10 # divan 2012-11-10 23:11
these are the harvest of our corrupted administration by rullers.nothing else.....
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-2+11 # Banda 2012-11-11 00:13
Humanitarian Rescue Mission 2012 with zero casualities
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-2+4 # Naweed 2012-11-11 00:17
Now i know the meaning of that advertisement which went in TV "Kolaba weans wei "
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-0+4 # CEDRIC 2012-11-11 02:28
ANOTHER DAY IN THE LIFE OF PARADISE ISLAND
WONDER OF ASIA.
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-0+2 # SMART SRI LANKAN 2012-11-11 10:22
new drama to divert peoples thinking. pls try to be smart sri lankan
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-0+3 # Sammy 2012-11-11 10:31
Criminals will be criminals. However, in addition to physical punishment attempts should be made to reform as much as possible. This will be of some benefit to the exchequer as well.
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-2+9 # Bagalawathie 2012-11-11 14:31
Life is very cheap in this country, but Buddhist statues are all over the place.
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-0+1 # xlntgson 2012-11-11 17:59
Total 27000 prisoners, 40'/. drug addicts, 23'/. moonshine hoochers! Whip can rule this country than VIP.
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-0+1 # Kj 2012-11-12 05:15
The target taken? - drama with one clear target/objective...
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