Fear of contracting COVID-19 led to Lanka prison riot: Probe panel

12 dec 2020

Fear of contracting COVID-19 led to Lanka prison riot: Probe panel

On friday an official said that Last month's prison riot in which 11 inmates were killed has concluded that the prisoners staged the protest in fear of contracting the deadly coronavirus.
The government appointed the probe panel after pressure from the Opposition and the victims' relatives.

The probe committee said that " What was a protest had later developed into a major riot and Only the prison officials had guns and they used them”.

The government maintained that inmates had turned violent by the excessive use of a medicinal drug and some unscrupulous elements were behind the riots. Five member panel was headed by a retired judge.