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* Situation at Mahara Prison peaceful - Secretary of Defense
Wed, Dec 2, 2020, 10:40 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 02, Colombo: Defense Secretary Kamal Gunaratne Tuesday (01) said that the situation at the Mahara Prison, which was in a state of unrest recently, is now completely peaceful. He said so in response to a question raised by Minister Chamal Rajapaksa at the Consultative Committee on Defense in Parliament.

Of the 2,500 inmates currently in Mahara Prison, 189 have been identified as being infected with COVID and the arrangements have been made to provide them with the necessary facilities.

Meanwhile nearly 100 detainees who have been granted bail have also been sent home following the PCR tests being done, said Defense Secretary Kamal Gunaratne.

The Defense Secretary further said that there were 21,000 pills of three types used for mental disorders in the drug store of the Mahara Prison. Furthermore the secretary said they are looking into whether the use of drugs used for mental disorders instead of the drugs they were addicted to, could have caused this unrest.

All other issues including the security of the inmates and prison guards at the Mahara Prison will be fully resolved by today (02), the Defense Secretary said in response to a question raised by Parliamentarian Sahan Pradeep, the Parliament Communications Department said.


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