Welikada Prison inmates stage rooftop protest
A group of 10 inmates serving long-term sentences at the Welikada Prison have begun a protest atop the prison building, demanding their release.
The protest had begun yesterday (20), Media Spokesperson for the Prisons Department, Chandana Ekanayake said, adding that a group of inmates on death row had also launched a hunger strike in support of the protestors.
The protest is said to have begun after it was made known that the government was taking necessary steps to pardon a group of LTTE inmates, being detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA).
During his recent visit to the Anuradhapura Prison, Minister Namal Rajapaksa assured the group of Tamil inmates that he would look into their issues including their rehabilitation & reintegration into society once they were cleared of their respective charges.
He visited the prison on request of the inmates, following an incident that took place earlier this month, involving the former State Minister of Prisons, Lohan Ratwatte.