Address heavy congestion – Anura Kumara
By Gagani Weerakoon and Methmalie Dissanayake
Jathika Jana Balawegaya (JJB) Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake, yesterday (30), said in Parliament the Government should address the root cause of unrest in prisons, which is heavy congestion, rather than coming up with conspiracy theories.
Dissanayake said, “Over 1,000 inmates in several prisons have tested positive to COVID-19.
Since there is heavy congestion in prisons, the unrest of inmates is understandable. This congestion is increasing the risk of the spread of COVID-19. In the Mahara Prison, more than 180 inmates have tested positive according to the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) reports received in one day. The inmates were requesting for PCR tests for several days. Their request is to perform PCR tests on them and to direct them for treatment. This is a very fair question. But the Government did not provide any solution for their agitations. That is the primary reason for this unrest. The protection of inmates is a responsibility of the Government. Now, eight inmates have been killed in the Mahara Prison as a result of shooting, while many inmates and several Prison officials have been gravely injured. This type of situation is unacceptable in a country where human rights and democracy are protected.”