Leaked video shows guards assaulting prisoners at Agunukolapelessa

A leaked video has revealed an incident at the Agunukolapelessa prison where several inmates had been lined up and assaulted by prison guards.

The Committee for Protecting Prisoners’ Rights released the video at a media conference today.

The Committee for Protecting Prisoners’ Rights said that the assault had taken place following a protest staged by the inmates.

The date stamp on the CCTV video shows as November 11, 2018.

The Committee for Protecting Prisoners’ Rights demanded that action be taken against those involved in the Agunukolapelessa prison incident.

The Committee for Protecting Prisoners’ Rights also insisted that the video was not released to the media with the intention of boosting or going against any individual or political party.

The organisation said that its sole intention is to ensure law and order is maintained in the country.

Nandimal Silva, the Secretary of the Committee for Protecting Prisoners’ Rights said that the assault took place several days after the inmates had protested at the prison.

He said that the inmates had protested over their relatives being checked by the Police Special Task Force (STF) when they visit the prison.

Nandimal Silva said that the inmates had also later protested against the officer in charge of the prison.

He alleged that the officer in charge had then led the assault on the inmates in November last year.

Meanwhile, an investigation has now been launched over the incident. (Colombo Gazette)

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