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The Kalutara Prison Commissioner has been transferred with immediate effect by the Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Minister D.M. Swaminathan in connection with the Kalutara prison bus shooting.

The Minister had instructed ministry secretary to conduct an independent inquiry regarding the incident.

Ministry sources said according to the investigation carried out by the Three Member Committee, it had been revealed that Samayan had not been hand cuffed while he was being taken to Courts.

“It was also found Samayan was wearing jewellery including rings and chains. The prison bus usually takes 5 to 10 minutes to reach the destination of Ethanapitiya. However, on the day of the shooting, it had taken about an hour for the bus to pass this stretch,” sources said.

A mobile phone had also been recovered in the Kalutara Prison kitchen. “The decision to transfer the Commissioner was taken after taking into consideration all these facts,” sources said.

The Minister earlier stated, if the prison officers were found guilty to these incidents, they will be punished without considering their status.

Seven people including notorious underworld figure Aruna Damith Udayanga Pathirana alias ‘Samayan’ and two prison guards were killed, when gunmen opened fire at the Black Maria when they were being transported from the Malwatte Prison in Kalutara on February 27. (Darshana Sanjeewa)


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  • Shelly Monday, 15 May 2017 08:52 PM

    A transfer of a transferable officer is not a punishment. Eye wash. Wearing gold by remand inmates are nothing new. What do the regulations say. What is the connection between handcuffs and shooting. Im totally wired. via DM Android App

    ceylon Monday, 15 May 2017 09:03 PM

    corruption is rampant.lowest to the highestlabourer to presidentlanja is paradise of corruption.brith did good job.lankans cant govern the country. via DM Android App

    seqi Monday, 15 May 2017 09:19 PM

    something definitely amiss when prisoners can wear jewellery in prison and have handphone. The kitchens in prisons worldwide is where its all happening. via DM Android App

    C.K.Lankaputhra. Tuesday, 16 May 2017 05:59 AM

    Prisons are found to be one of the most corruptive government organisations in the country. But there is a re couple ministers to take care of prisons. They also deaf.


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