The death toll from the Mahara Prison unrest has increased to six, the Police and hospital authorities said.
Meanwhile, 35 inmates and 2 prison guards sustained injuries in the incident and were admitted to hospital for treatment.
The Police said that a tense situation broke out as some inmates attempted to escape after they were informed that some prisoners had contracted the coronavirus.
Police spokesman, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Ajith Rohana said that a prison riot broke out following the initial tense situation.
“Hundreds of prisoners attempted to escape from the prison,” DIG Ajith Rohana said.
The Police spokesman said that prison guards had opened fire and attempted to bring the situation under control.
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.
The fire has now been brought under control. (Colombo Gazette)