Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
CP 13 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Sri Lanka Defense Ministry to take away automatic rifles from the prisons
Mon, Nov 19, 2012, 02:26 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense has informed the Ministry of Prison Reforms and Rehabilitation to hand over all the T-56 automatic rifles that are in the armories of the prisons.

The Ministry of Defense has informed this to the prison authorities on November 16.

Accordingly, the Defense Ministry will take control over the firearms soon.

The automatic rifles were provided to the Prisons Department after a group of people attacked a prison vehicle and killed an underworld leader who was being escorted to courts.

During the riots on November 09 at the main Welikada Prison in Colombo, the prisoners armed themselves with T-56 rifles after breaking into the armory and started shooting the Special Task Force (STF) police officers deployed to conduct a search.

The ensued firefight killed 27 prisoners and injured around 42 others including the Deputy Inspector General in charge of the STF.

The authorities have later recovered 68 T-56 firearms seized by the prisoners from the armory.



ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Sri Lanka opposition protests against government's casino legislation
-- [2 hours ago]
Sri Lankan parliamentary approval for one of the three controversial casino legislations
-- [2 hours ago]
Employees of Sri Lanka's zoological garden urge authorities to re-commence elephant dances
-- [3 hours ago]
Discovery of contaminated plastic bottles during raid raises alarm on water sold in Sri Lankan market
-- [3 hours ago]
Consumer movement urges Sri Lankan government to remove the fuel surcharge from the electricity bill
-- [4 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Attorney General's Department sets up provincial units
-- [7 hours ago]
Sri Lanka briefs diplomatic community on measures taken to subdue renewed threat of terrorism
-- [9 hours ago]
Sri Lankan President vows to take strict action against lawbreakers, not to permit religious discord
Parliamentary delegation of Balochistan visits Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka business chamber conducts workshop on media Strategies for corporate sector

Copyright © 2000, 2012 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.