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Monday, 12 November 2012 - 19:45
4 fire arms stolen during Welikada incident still missing; Detainees not presented before court today



Commissioner General of Prisons G.B. Kulathunga states that 4 fir arms which had gone missing during the recent unrest at the Welikada prison complex

remains to be recovered.

Moreover the bodies of 5 inmates killed in the clash have not yet been identified by their relatives.

These include the bodies of W.S.M Sarath Wijesooriya of Galgamuwa, Sapu Prasanna de Silva of Rathmalana, Mohammed Ramsadeen Naufer of Akkareipaththu, K.P. Priyantha of Karandeniya & Liyana arachchige Anura of Boralesgamuwa.

According to police the bodies of 3 detainees were identified by their relatives today while 19 bodies were handed over to their respective relative previously.

The unrest which occurred at the Welikada prison complex claimed the lives of 27 prison inmate in total.

Meanwhile according to Prisons Commissioner G.B. Kulathunga none of the prison inmates were produced for court proceedings today.

The Welikada prison today had notified the Colombo Magistrates Court as well as other judicatures that inmates were being precluded from being presented before courts due to absence of case files, hand cuffs & chains.

The Superintendent of the Welikada prison sought the forgiveness of court in this regard through a letter bearing his signature.

In more developments, the Borella Police today presented facts before Colombo Additional Majistrate Praharsha Ranasinghe today regarding the Welikada incident.

Accordingly it noted that the Borella Police Station, the Criminal Investigations Department & the Colombo Crimes Division were jointly carrying out investigations into the incident.

Police had also informed court that the Video footage & still photographs obtained by media institutions were required for it to facilitate its investigations for which permission was granted.

There by court informed the Borella police to inform the progress of investigations before court on the 21st of this month.

Meanwhile United National Party Parliamentarian Gayantha Karunathilleke expressing his views during a media briefing convened today urged the government to reveal the authentic background of the Welikada unrest by conducting a fair & unbiased investigation.

Moreover a group of prison officials at the Welikada prison expressed their dissent regarding the intervention of the police & army during the unrest

which occurred at the Welikada prison on the 09th of this month.

The following is an excerpt of the tense verbal volley which occurred between Senior DIG of the Western Province Anura Senanayeke & a prison official.

According to Prisons Commissioner G. B. Kulathunga, the Prisons Department is entitled by law to seek the assistance of the police & the army in the event of a search operation.

Subject Minister Chandrasiri Gajadheera speaking in parliament recently justified

the assistance obtained from the police & army in carrying out the search operation conducted at the Welikada prison complex.

UNP MP Gayantha Karunathilleke meanwhile filed the following reply in return to minister Gajadheera's recent statement made in parliament.

In conclusion the 3 person committee appointed to investigate the Welikada prison unrest commenced obtaining statements from individuals at the site of the incident today.



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