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In the wake of the recent attack on a prison bus in Kalutara, officials of the Kegalle prisons have transformed an ordinary prison bus into a bullet-proof vehicle at a cost Rs. 0.7 million in less than ten days under the instructions of Prisons Reforms Minister D.M. Swaminathan.

It was reported that after the Kalutara shooting that killed two prison officers and five prisoners, Minister Swaminathan had provided funds to prison officials to build a secured vehicle to transport prisoners.

Kegalle prisons ASP Sampayun said the upgrading was done in collaboration with the Army Engineering Corps and the Kegalle Police HQI had assisted in verifying the quality of the invention.

“This vehicle which cannot be damaged with any weapon is already assigned on prison duties,” he said adding that the project was totally funded by the Ministry of Prison Reforms.

The Minster Swaminathan was also present at the Kegalla Prisons premises to observe the new bus and has advised other prisons in the country to make at least one such bus to ensure the safety of prisoners and the prison officers. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)


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  Comments - 8

  • Ukussa Saturday, 25 March 2017 06:28 PM

    Why cannot we take prisoners in unmarked vehicles? Even 5 year olds in can identify a Prisoners' bus, eyes closed. Come on people... crawl out of that rock!

    Nahfees Saturday, 25 March 2017 06:28 PM

    Appreciate the good work done by minister police and army engineering team. via DM Android App

    Shelly. Saturday, 25 March 2017 06:35 PM

    Doing something is appreciable. But it is short of final answer. via DM Android App

    Sambo Saturday, 25 March 2017 06:49 PM

    What a good job. I wonders if the officers who did this will be punished cause someone lost a good commission.

    Upul Sunday, 26 March 2017 11:03 PM

    Why not have video link with the courts and the prisons to have these cases heard?

    Ajja Monday, 27 March 2017 04:21 PM

    I doubt the driver's safety is taken care... the glass is for sure not bullet proof?????

    Wasantha Tuesday, 28 March 2017 08:50 AM

    whay can't you setup a small court inside the prison? or you use live tele conferencing technique.

    Indepenedent Analyst Thursday, 30 March 2017 03:36 PM

    Making more and more Bullet Proof vehicles is the Answer, or ensuring 'No Bullets are fired' is the Answer ? This is like JRJ sending Armoured vehicles to guard Tourist Buses, when Maru Sira was a threat.

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