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The Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne has instructed the Inspector General of Police (IGP), C.D. Wickramaratne to probe into the tense situation escalated at the Mahara Prison

November 30, 2020

The Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne has instructed the Inspector General of Police (IGP), C.D. Wickramaratne to probe into the tense situation escalated at the Mahara Prison yesterday (November 29, 2020).

The Defence Secretary has directed the IGP to conduct a special investigation following the tense situation reported at the Mahara Prison, after several inmates were reportedly struggling to escape the prison premises demonstrating unruly behaviour.

Initially, the Prison officers got involved in easing off the situation. However, when it was noticed that the incident escalated to an intense riot, they had summoned Police and Special Task Force to the premises. Subsequently, the Police arrived at the scene and strengthened the security of the outer perimeter of the Prison.

The agitated inmates set fire at the Prison Health Office and Stores areas and it had raged until today (30) morning. The Department of Prisons confirmed that the fire has been completely doused and the routine Prison operations were resumed.