Extensive investigations have been launched into the disturbance that occurred at the Welikada prison.
Four prison guards sustained injuries during the incident while 44 Police officers have been hospitalized. A group of inmates attacked the Police officers who conducted a raid at the Prison. The Police officers had carried out the raid on a special directive of the IGP. The inmates had raised objections which resulted in an uproar. Joint action was taken by the army and the Police to bring the situation under control.
Commissioner General of Prisons V.R. De Silva said that the inmates who had already been searched had hurled stones at a senior Police Officer who was coming out from the ‘Chapel Ward’. The Police Officer had been injured and this had led to the incident.
Director of the National Hospital Dr. Hector Weerasinghe said that the condition of the Police Officers who were attacked during the search operation at the Welikada Prison is not serious. He said that 42 Police officers and 2 prison officers were receiving treatment at the National Hospital.
Dr. Hector Weerasinghe said that tests are being conducted and necessary treatment is being given to them. He said that there didn’t seem to be a threat to their lives as they had been attacked with what seemed to be blunt objects. He said that the Judicial Medical Officer will present a report in this connection.
A Police officer said that the inmates were checked and made to stay outside while the Police were checking their cells. They suddenly broke in and started to throw stones and attack with clubs and buckets. He said that there were about 2000 prison inmates and around 60-65 Police Officers.