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* One escapee captured, two officials suspended at Sri Lanka's high security prison
Wed, Nov 14, 2012, 01:09 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka police said one of the five inmates escaped during the deadly riot at the country's maximum security Welikada Prison on Friday has been captured.

The inmate, a resident of Kotte was captured at Dehiowita, police spokesman Senior Superintendent of Police Prishantha Jayakody said. The inmate had been in remand for a murder that took place at Mirihana in 2007.

Four convicted felons are still remaining at large.

Acting Prison Commissioner Gamini Kulathunga said the situation at the prison has returned to normal after last Friday's shootout in which 27 inmates were killed and 43 others were wounded.

The injured includes STF officers, inmates and a passerby. Out of the injured 11 inmates, 3 STF officers and 1 soldier are still receiving treatments at the hospital.

Condition of one of the seriously injured, the Commanding Officer of the STF DIG R. W. M. C.Ranawana, is improving, according to the hospital staff.

Meanwhile, the Welfare Association for Prison Officers has said that two prison officers of the Welikada prison have been suspended for releasing statements to the media without authority.

A senior spokesperson of the Association has told local radio station Hiru-FM that a meeting with the Commissioner General of Prisons P. D. Kodippili has been scheduled for tomorrow to discuss the suspensions.

The government appointed a high-powered three-member committee to investigate the deadliest incident for nearly thirty years in the high security prison's history.

Criminal Investigations Department and Borella police are also conducting investigations into the incident where inmates armed themselves by breaking into the prison armory and fired at the STF officers who were at the prison to conduct a search operation for illegal drugs and communication devices.

The Human Rights Commission has also decided to launch an investigation into the incident.

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