Over 1000 prisoners were freed today as part of the 65th Independence Day celebrations, the Prisons Department said.
Prisons Commissioner P.W.Kodippili said that around 1200 inmates from prisons around the country were freed.
He said that the prisoners who were freed had been serving time for minor offences and could not pay the fine.
Prisoners from Welikada, Anuradhapura, Bogambara and Jaffna were among those set free.
Special religious ceremonies were held at some prisons before the inmates were freed. (Colombo Gazette)