600 inmates escape Kandakadu rehabilitation centre

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Around 600 inmates of the Kandakadu rehabilitation centre at Welikanda have escaped following a tense situation.

Police spokesman SSP Nihal Thalduwa said that a group of inmates had resorted to unruly behaviour following the suspicious death of an inmate at the rehabilitation centre. They had escaped the centre earlier this morning (29).

Sri Lanka Police and the Army have launched a joint operation to arrest the inmates who had escaped.