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* Right group asks Sri Lankan government to protect witnesses in Welikada incident
Wed, Sep 6, 2017, 12:35 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 06, Colombo: An human rights protection organization, Sri Lanka Human Rights Center has asked the government to protect the witnesses in the Welikada prison shooting incident.

Executive Director of Sri Lanka Human Rights Center Keerthi Tennakoon said immediate action should be taken to ensure the safety of the witnesses in the Welikada killing and stressed the government to immediately enforce the law and take action against those who were involved in the murders.

He was speaking at a media briefing held in Rajagiriya regarding the shooting of Mr. Sudesh Nandimal Silva, the main eye witness in the Welikada prison murders. Sudesh Nandimal was an inmate at the prison at that time.

Tennakoon said the government has failed to implement the law for five years since the shooting at the prison which killed 27 inmates.

A shooting at Sudesh Nandimal Silva's residence last night has been reported and he has lodged a complaint at Moratuwa police.

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.

Nandimal 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 the 27 inmates.

The Court is scheduled to hear the petition on 12 September.


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