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* Inmates at Sri Lanka main prison continue to protest on roof demanding release
Wed, Mar 13, 2013, 08:29 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 13, Colombo: Three inmates at Sri Lanka's main Welikada Prison in Sri Lanka are engaged in a hunger strike on the prison roof demanding their release.

The inmates had commenced the hunger strike two days ago against the mistreatment by prison authorities.

They have alleged that the prison authorities promoted the granting of amnesties to inmates who grant favors to them while the other inmates are sidelined.

Over 3,000 inmates at the prison have refrained from consuming any food yesterday in support of the protest launched by the three inmates.

According to the prison authorities one of the prisoners is serving a 92-year prison term and another was sentenced to 55 years while the third was a rapist.

Meanwhile, Commissioner Operations at the prison, G.B. Kulatunge has said the prison authorities were trying to coax the inmates to end their strike and come down from the roof.

Last November one of the deadliest prison riots by the prisoners in the history of Sri Lanka broke out in the same prison resulting in a shootout between the inmates and the police officers. During the shootout at least 27 inmates were killed and 43 people including special police officers were injured.

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