A prisoner was killed after violence broke out at the Mahara Prison today.
The Police said that a tense situation broke out at the prison this evening.
Prison guards had opened fire and attempted to bring the situation under control, Police spokesman, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Ajith Rohana said.
One prison was killed and five inmates were injured in the shooting incident and were admitted to hospital.
According to reports, a tense situation broke out as some inmates attempted to escape after they were informed that some prisoners had contracted the coronavirus.
As the situation escalated the Police Special Task Force was deployed to bring the situation under control.
Police from other areas were also deployed to the prison to bring the situation under control.
A fire had also been reported in the prison premises and the fire brigade was deployed to extinguish the fire. (Colombo Gazette)