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Wednesday, 14 November 2012 - 20:25
Ranil disappointed over Welikada investigation
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Minister of Rehabilitation & Prison Reforms Chandrasiri Gajadheera states that no information has come to light, concerning any official who had sanctioned the recent raid at the Welikada prison complex, which subsequently led to a clash.

Issuing a special notification in parliament today, Minister Gajadheera added that if any information concerning such an official was divulged, steps would be implemented against him in accordance with the prisons act.

Replying to a question raised by the JVP in parliament today, subject minister Gajadheera noted that security forces were able to intervene in matters in the interest of preserving life & property.

Moreover a 3 person committee headed by a retired high court judge has been appointed to investigate the Welikada prison incident.

Expressing his views in parliament, Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe termed the 'committee' as inadequate as opposed to the magnitude of the incident in dispute.

In reply, Minister of Rehabilitation & Prison Reforms Chandrasiri Gajadheera noted that investigations by the committee were being carried out in a manner encompassing all aspects of the investigation currently underway.

Meanwhile according to the Police Media Unit operations are still underway to apprehend the escaped prison inmates who fled the premises during the clash.

Those who had fled the scene during the clash have been identified as Gurugewila Gunathilleke, Kasthuriarachchilage Gayan Chinthaka, Leslie Wenislon, & Widanage Tharuka Rajkumara, all four convicted of drug trafficking charges.

Investigations are also underway to locate the 4 missing fire arms stolen during the Welikada prison unrest.

Furthermore proceedings at the Welikada prison today were carried out as usual, with detainees being produced before court for their respective court cases.

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