CID records statements from inmates, officials over prison riot

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has recorded 56 statements with regard to the unrest that occurred at the Mahara Prison on Sunday (29).

Police Spokesman, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Ajith Rohana said that statements were recorded from doctors at the prison hospital and nurses.

He said statements were also recorded from various prison officials, including jailors.

Statements were also recorded from inmates who had been brought back to the Mahara Prison after receiving treated at the Colombo North Teaching Hospital in Ragama for injuries sustained in the unrest.

The CID team which was appointed to investigate the unrest will record more statements from inmates and other prison officials in the coming days.

DIG Ajith Rohana said the team will conduct the probe to ascertain if the unrest was provoked by third parties from outside the prison.

Meanwhile, an inmate from the Mahara Prison who was admitted to the Ragama hospital for treatment, escaped from the hospital.

Ragama Hospital Director Dr. Shelton Perera told Colombo Gazette the inmate had escaped from the hospital around 09.00 p.m yesterday.

Dr. Perera said the man had escaped from the hospital under the guise of going to the washroom.

The inmate is yet to be tested for Covid, and Dr. Shelton Perera said the Ragama Police had commenced an investigation to apprehend the suspect.

Officials from the Prison Intelligence Division had later arrested the inmate from the Orugodawatta area this morning.

Dr. Shelton Perera further said only 19 inmates from the Mahara Prison are currently receiving treatment at the hospital. (Colombo Gazette)

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