July 13, Colombo: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) today initiated investigations into the death of 27 inmates of the Welikada prison during the prison riot. In 2012.
The investigation was commenced under the directive of IGP Pujith Jayasundara.
The deadly riot at the country's largest and most crowded prison on November 9th, 2012 was of an enormous magnitude resulting in deaths of 27 inmates, and injuries to a prison officer and 20 prisoners.
The riot occurred when prisoners took control of the prison after objecting to a search by the Special Task Force who entered the prison to nab hidden arms, drugs and mobile phones in the prison premises.
A committee was appointed to inquire into the incident soon after the Good Governance government came into power in 2015.
The committee report which was submitted to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe by Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapakshe was presented in parliament later and the Cabinet of Ministers has approved paying compensation for the deaths of some of the prisoners.
Accordingly, next of kin of 16 prisoners, who were killed, were paid compensation of Rs. 2 million each. One prison officer and 20 prisoners who were injured during the riot were paid compensation of Rs. 500,000 each.
An inmate at the Welikada Prison during the riot has filed a petition at the Court of Appeal requesting the court to order the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the Director of the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) to conduct a formal investigation into the deaths of 27 inmates.
The Court is scheduled to hear the petition on July 28.