Police to view CCTV footage at A’pura, Welikada
By Keerthi Mendis
Police have decided to inspect the footage of CCTV cameras set up at the Welikada and Anuradhapura Prisons, to identify the people who had entered the two prisons with the former State Minister of Prison Reforms and Prisoner Rehabilitation, Lohan Ratwatte.
They had decided to undertake this task due to the details coming to light through the mainstream media and social media platforms related to the incidents involving Ratwatte.
Some media had reported that Ratwatte, who was allegedly inebriated in the company of a few of his friends and a well-known woman, had gone to the Welikada Prison to view the hangman’s noose on 6 September.
The media had also reported that the former State Minister being drunk again had gone to the Anuradhapura Prison six days later where he had allegedly intimidated a few prison inmates there.
Due to the heated controversy generated over the incidents, Ratwatte subsequently resigned from his State Ministry portfolio and a few prisoner protection groups lodged a complaint with the CID demanding Ratwatte’s arrest over his drunken antics at the Anuradhapura Prison.