The 3 person committee appointed to investigate the Welikada prison clash commenced its investigations today.
As part of its initial investigations the committee has commenced obtaining statements from inmates as well as prison officials at the site during the time of the incident.
According to an official of the committee statements are also due to be obtained from individuals admitted to hospital, who were injured following the clash.
Meanwhile the bodies of 3 more prison inmates killed during the Welikada prison clash were handed over to their relatives this morning.
According to the Police Media Unit the bodies of 19 Welikada inmates were handed over to their relatives yesterday upon completion of the post mortem investigation.
A total of 27 persons were killed during the altercation while 5 bodies still remain unclaimed by relatives.
Police media spokesman's office said that among the detainees killed in the incident were Mohamed Wije-rohana alias Gundu, Malith Sameera Perera alias Konda Amila and also Manju Sri Harshana who had killed the monks at the Kotte Rajamaha Temple.
In addition the police media unit said that among the persons killed were Thushaara Chandana alias Kalu Thushaara involved in a number crimes and a divorced husband of an actress.
Meanwhile in related developments 7 out of the 8 detainees who had fled the Welikada prison complex were apprehended by authorities on the very day the incident transpired.
However according to the Police Media Unit one detainee who had fled the scene during the time of the incident still remains at large.
Furthermore 24 individuals who had sustained injuries during the incident still continue to receive in-house treatment at the Colombo National Hospital.
The injured include 3 Special Task Force personnel, one soldier, and 20 Welikada inmates.
According to medical sources several more surgeries are scheduled to be carried out on the Commanding Officer of the STF, DIG R.W.M.C Ranawana, who still continues to receive treatment at the Intensive Care Unit of the Colombo National Hospital.
Meanwhile the United National Party expressed its views concerning the Welikada incident.
Party Media Spokesperson of the UNP MP Gayantha Karunathilleke expressed the following views there in.