Tuesday 25 January 2011
Riot at Anuradhapura prison, Sri Lanka: one killed, 23 injured
25 January 2011 01:33 - Unconfirmed report says three more bodies inside
One person was killed and at least 23 were injured following a major clash between the Prisons authorities and the prisoners at the Anuradhapura Prison last evening, Prisons Commissioner General Major General V.R. De Silva said. Fourteen prisoners and nine Prisons officers have been admitted to hospital. However, according to reports coming in from the area, there were three more bodies lying inside the prison complex.
At least 50 remand prisoners from the Anuradhapura Prison had been staging a satyagraha since Sunday on the roof of the prison, demanding that officials provide them with the basic living facilities – something which the authorities had failed to do for years, Prisons officials said.
The protest had turned violent after a clash erupted between the inmates and the Prisons officers. The prisoners had assaulted several Prisons officers and thrown stones at them -- after which shots had been fired by Prisons officers, Anuradhapura Senior DIG (Division IV) Jayantha Gamage said.
“They also set fire to a library in the prison and it had to be doused by the fire brigade with the assistance of the police. The army and several police teams have now been deployed around the prison to prevent any attempt by the inmates to escape from prison,” he added.
“The prisoners were asked to go to back their cells by the Prisons officers as they are not allowed to stay outside the cells. They refused and agitated and started to clash with the officers.We are going to call the Magistrate today,” DIG Gamage said.
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