Riot in Anuradhapura jail, several prisoners feared killed
[TamilNet, Monday, 24 January 2011, 15:41 GMT]
One woman prisoner had been killed and several injured in a clash
between jail guards and prisoners inside the Anuradhapura prison
Monday evening following a fast by a group of prisoners demanding
better facilities. But unconfirmed reports reached Colombo media that
several more prisoners were feared killed when jail guards opened fire
against rioting prisoners to bring the tense situation under control. Tamil sources said that the fate of Tamil detainees in the prison was
not known as no one was allowed to enter the prison till Monday night.
Another source said of the injured warded in the Anuradhapura
Teaching Hospital include nine prison officials and eleven prisoners.
A group of over 50 remand prisoners began a fast on Sunday evening
climbing on the roof of the prison demanding better facilities for
them inside prison, sources said.