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An inquiry is looking into the mobile communications of Special Task Force (STF) and Prison Department officers to asses the elements which instigated the prison riot minutes after the STF concluded a massive search operation in the Chapel Ward and the L- Hall inside the Welikada Prison Complex on Friday.

An inquiry is also conducted how a trishaw and a van came across the inmates in which they attempted to escape. However the attempts failed.
Seven armed inmates who managed to escape during the riots, surrendered to the police and the search operation is still underway in the Borella and Dematagoda areas to track down rest of the armed inmates who escaped, Police said.

The number of inmates managed to escape during the riots had not been confirmed yet by prison authorities but they noted that no LTTE suspects were able to escape.

Apart from this inquiry, the Ministry of Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms has also initiated an inquiry by appointing a three member committee where they are to submit a comprehensive report to Parliament.

Investigators have come across information that the inmates at the L-Hall had dug a hole through a wall and escaped, which then led to the armed clashes.

They had then set free a large number of inmates within the L-Hall and then at the Chapel Hall, where hard core criminals are accommodated. In the meantime they had come across the armoury and took away 82 assault rifles and semi-automatic guns. (SD)

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  • Nodrog Monday, 12 November 2012 04:32 AM

    Investigations are good but don't hide the findings if VIPs are involved.

    OMG Monday, 12 November 2012 04:51 AM

    "Investigations" go on till it stumbles upon a VIP, and it stops there abruptly then and there.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Monday, 12 November 2012 05:05 AM

    Whatever said and done, there is more to this incident than what meets the eye. The sudden raid on drugs in the prison cells has definitely irked some big drugs distributor with strong political connections and got the hard-core prisoners to create this mayhem. The practice of carrying on their illegal businesses via mobile phones even when inside the jail, with political clout has been going on for a very long time and now it has become very difficult to uproot the practice.

    nilu Monday, 12 November 2012 05:11 AM

    Forget it buddyif the VIPs are involved do not expect to hear anything more, when Sudharman Radaliyagoda still out and chatting with police, what can you expect from this investigation.

    Ajith Monday, 12 November 2012 08:47 AM

    With these comments I see the credibility of the government and the faith of mass towards the state is perished.

    faizal Monday, 12 November 2012 10:52 AM

    Will they be sent to singapore if they get injured! So that they can live happily and send medical reports to court.

    shan Monday, 12 November 2012 12:10 PM

    How the phones are bring to the jail without the knowledge of the prison guards?

    Maximilian Monday, 12 November 2012 05:39 PM

    Just publish the correct list of the missing inmates and I bet there will be some well connected fellows missing...


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