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8 die in Sri Lanka’s prison riot

Inmates protesting on the top of the prison building in Colombo. Photo: REUTERS

A Prison riot in Sri Lanka with guards clashing with inmates has left at least 8 persons killed and 52 injured, officials have said.

According to the BBC, the inmates launched protests due to increase coronavirus infections in the prisons, demanding early release on bail and better facilities.

Police spokesman, Deputy Inspector Ajith Rohana while confirming the incidence said guards had “used force to control an unruly situation” in Mahara prison.

Around 1,000 cases have been reported from the country’s overcrowded prisons.

This is the latest in a series of prison riots that have taken place in Sri Lanka in recent weeks, as the number of Covid-19 cases in jails continues to increase.

In the capital Colombo, a group of protesters at Welikada jail launched a protest on the top of a prison roof asking that they be granted bail.


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