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* Five prisoners still at large after riots in Sri Lanka main prison
Tue, Nov 13, 2012, 01:59 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 13, Colombo: Officials at Sri Lanka's main Welikada Prison in Colombo say five of the inmates escaped during the deadly clash at the prison on Friday (November 09) are still at large.

According to the officials, four of the escapees are convicted prisoners while the fifth is a suspect.

Four of the weapons taken by the prisoners when they broke into the armory have also not been recovered yet, the officials said.

During the Friday's firefight 27 inmates were killed and 43 others sustained injuries. Among the injured were13 STF officers including the commanding officer of the STF team DIG C. Ranawana and a prison official. Meanwhile, the high-powered committee appointed to probe the Friday's clash between the inmates of the Welikada Prison and the Special Task Force (STF) police officers has begun its work Monday.

The police sought a court order to direct media institutions to hand over the video footage and photos of the clash to assist the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) in the investigations.

The acting Prisons Commissioner Gamini Kulatunga told the media that the prison has returned to normalcy and it will resume transporting prisoners to the courts for hearings from Wednesday (November 14).

The autopsies on 22 of the 27 bodies have been performed and the bodies have been handed over to the relatives, the official said adding that no one has claimed the remaining five bodies.



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