Monday, January 24, 2011

Prisoners shot dead

Written by Jamila Najmuddin 
At least three prisoners were killed and over 20 people were injured after a shooting incident was reported from inside the Anuradhapura prison this evening.
According to sources, the injured have been rushed to the Anuradhapura hospital for further treatment.
Sources said that two prisoners were found dead inside the prison while another died on admission to the Anuradhapura hospital.
The shooting took place when a security contingent was deployed to the prison to control a situation which had developed following a roof top protest by several prisoners.
Around 20 prisoners had staged the protest on top of Ward 'B' of the prison complex yesterday and by this morning the number of prisoners on protest had increased to 50. The prisoners were protesting against some prison officials and were also demanding better facilities.
Security has been tightened within the prison premises as a tense situation prevails in the area, sources told News a short while ago.The STF has now been deployed to the prison and the situation is under control, sources at the prison said

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