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Riot at Mahara prison; death toll rises to 11

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The number of persons, who died during the tense situation at the Mahara Prison has risen to 11.

Police Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said that 107 inmates and two prison officers were among them and that the inmates who were finally admitted to the hospital were reported to have only minor injuries.

“ As of today, 109 have been hospitalized along with two prison officers. In addition 8 deaths have been reported," he said.

The unrest broke out at Mahara Prison on Sunday (29) afternoon when a group of inmates infected with the corona virus and another group tried to escape from the prison.

Accordingly, the unrest had escalated into a riot and it is reported that the remand prisoners who are currently serving life sentences have started assaulting the prisoners who are being held in the prison. Prison officials then used minimal force to control the situation, including several shots fired, he said.

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  • Labby Tuesday, 01 December 2020 11:14 AM

    How does this reporter know the prison officials had used 'minimal force' to control the situation? Have the media now become puppets of this government?

    Bandara Tuesday, 01 December 2020 02:38 PM

    Media is useless nowadays

    Lion Tuesday, 01 December 2020 11:52 AM

    Next strategy will be to taint those guys who were killed as dengerous,drug addicts and criminals by the two private TV stations including the government tvs.Divaina will start the same campaign with Trinan Alas media outfit.So finally those 69 laks will be convinced as the killing is good for the country .

    Moorthy Badulla Tuesday, 01 December 2020 04:45 PM

    First the COVID 19 outbreak then the riots in prisons show that discipline within the prisons is seriously lacking and rather than putting all the blame on the inmates do something worthwhile to avert this situation in the future . Mind you these sort of things will seriously damage our image in the international arena.

    Moorthy Badulla Tuesday, 01 December 2020 04:45 PM

    First the COVID 19 outbreak then the riots in prisons show that discipline within the prisons is seriously lacking and rather than putting all the blame on the inmates do something worthwhile to avert this situation in the future . Mind you these sort of things will seriously damage our image in the international arena.

    Buddhist Tuesday, 01 December 2020 06:59 PM

    Automatic guns being fired. Prison officers do not have automatic weapons but STF has.

    Buddhist Tuesday, 01 December 2020 06:59 PM

    If STF cordoned off around the prison why shoot those who try to escape?

    Mohan Tuesday, 01 December 2020 08:28 PM

    I guess you get what you wished for (in this case who you voted for).

    ram Wednesday, 02 December 2020 01:41 AM

    no surprise because it is Sri Lanka. we remember what happen in 1983


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