The Sunday Leader

Prisoner records destroyed in Welikada prison riot

Important records of inmates of the main Sri Lankan prison in Colombo were destroyed during a riot on Tuesday, the government said.

The minister in charge of Sri Lankan prisons, Chandrasiri Gajadheera, told reporters on Wednesday that a special investigation had been launched into the prison riot.

The police said that the number of people injured in the riots had risen to 31 by Wednesday, most of who were prisoners suffering from gun shot wounds.

Gajadheera said that prison guards opened fire only after the prisoners ignored warnings and attacked some of the guards.

The prisoners, who were initially believed to have been protesting over the food served at the prison, had been demanding the removal of a senior officer at the prison.

Gajadheera said most of the inmates involved in the riot were jailed over drugs related offences and they had at times attempted to smuggle drugs into the prison.

During the riot, the prisoners pelted stones at the prison guards, the police as well as firefighters who had attempted to douse flames at a prison building.

Some documents related to the inmates were stored in the building which was set on fire by the prisoners, Gajadheera said, adding that attempts will be made to recover the information from past court documents.  (Xinhua)

5 Comments for “Prisoner records destroyed in Welikada prison riot”

  1. If the Government says that important records of inmates of the main Sri Lankan prison in Colombo were destroyed during a riot on Tuesday then it is understood that the Government is accepting that they have a 4th or lower grade administrative system in the Prison. Is it purposely happening or done, so that they can escape from some of the intended ill purposes done to the prisoners? As a citizen I have the right to think and come to this conclusion. Almost all the time my
    Assumptions turnout to be right. The truth is always slow, but it cannot be stopped from surfing to show the facts.

  2. hansan

    As there are no Drugs the Guys don’t get the usual suply from the Gards so they are trying to find fault with some one. This was the falut of the people who allowed Drugs in to Prison for there benifit, Now that Gota is strict supplers are not giving them the stuff,So they are harassing and attaking the suppliers.

  3. roy

    What happen to our country prisoner are trying to change politicians student try one way. Civil people can’t do any think tags are around, people live simple just can’t be there, no proper r way

  4. In Sri Lanka ABDUCTIONS, KILLINGS, PEOPLE MISSING etc., are happening with the knowledge of the Present Government. The Investigations and inquiries lead to nowhere. We, the PEOPLE of this country have to act to stop this kind of Actions by the Government.

  5. Mervyn

    Inefficiency of the prison authorities is clearly shown here. These important personnel records of prisoners should have be kept in a fire proof vault with controlled access or should have computerized all data on prisoners and kept the data files completely outside the prison complex. Had they done that, the rioters had no chance to destroy any records either personnel or on any other.

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