The Prisons Department said that 52 inmates of the prison were transferred to other prisons during the tense situation.
The situation arose when a group of female inmates launched a protest on the prison roof.
The women began to throw roof tiles at the prison guards during the protest.
A clash later erupted and during the clash, eight prison officers and three female prisoners were injured.
Last week a group of female inmates at the Welikada prison staged a protest on the Welikada prison roof over issues related to delays to hear their cases. (Colombo Gazette)