Four Killed in Attempted Jailbreak
By Thameenah Razeek and kumudu upul Shantha
Four prisoners were killed and 24 others were injured, when Prison officers opened fire on some inmates who attempted to escape from the Mahara Prison yesterday (29) evening.
As a result, a tense situation erupted at the Prison and the Special Task Force and additional Police teams were called in to beef up security.
Police Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana confirmed that the inmates had tried to escape from the Prison. The injured prisoners were admitted to hospital.
In addition, four Police teams, headed by a Senior Superintendent of Police, attached to Kelaniya and the Officer-in Charge of the Ragama Police Divisions were sent to Mahara Prison, to control the situation. Meanwhile, a team from the Special Task Force was deployed to beef up security at the outer perimeter of the prison. Meanwhile, Minister Fernandopulle appointed a Committee headed by Secretary to the Ministry of Prison Reforms to probe the unrest.
A fire broke out in the Prison yesterday. Six fire brigade trucks were deployed to douse the fire, sources said,
A total of 183 individuals, at the Mahara Prison, tested COVID-19 positive yesterday (29), increasing the total number of COVID-19 cases reported in the prisons to 1,091.
Among the 183, were seven prison officials and 176 inmates, Commissioner of Prisons (Administration), Chandana Ekanayake, said.
He also said that among the total number of COVID-19 infected persons, identified within the prison system, eight were female prison officials, 50 male prison officials, 156 female inmates and 877 male inmates.
He further added that so far, more than 10,000 PCR tests have been conducted within the country’s prison system to identify COVID-19 infected persons.