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Monday, 20 August 2018 - 18:31
Tense situation at Welikada : Eight officials hospitalized, 52 female inmates arrested
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A tense situation erupted between the female inmates of Welikada Prison and prison officials which resulted in 8 of the prison officials being injured and subsequently hospitalized.

A group of female inmates at the Welikada prison staged a protest today, by climbing on the roof of a building.

This is the second instance where female inmates in the prison staged a protest within a week.

At 3 pm today, one of the female inmates at the Welikada remand prison, had initiated the protest by climbing on the roof of the building, and subsequently, fellow inmates had shown their support by joining her.

Earlier on the 13th of this month, a group of female inmates staged a protest for two days against the delay to hear their cases and demanding for better facilities. 

They decided to call off the protest subsequent to discussions they held with officials of the Ministry of Justice and Prisons Reforms.

Meanwhile, the female inmates had attacked the prison officials even though their demands were being considered.

The prison officials, in an attempt to control the situation, had arrested 52 of the female inmates.

In addition, relatives of female inmates who staged the protest had complained to the Borella Police this evening, that the inmates were been assaulted by prison officials.


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