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The wounded officers are now receiving treatment at the National Hospital, Colombo. Several prison officers were also hit by stones during yesterday’s riot.
SP Jayakody said that the CID had been called in to investigate the incident. He dismissed reports of the elite STF being involved in the police operation. According to him, 70 police personnel had been assigned to carry out the search.
The police said that the convicts had been prepared to resist the police operation. An officer said that the attackers had a large stock of stones and targeted officers, most of whom received head injuries. Responding to a query by The Island, another official said that the search had been launched to recover drugs and mobile phones.
The police had obtained a court order to search the prison.
Earlier a similar raid was carried out in the women’s section, where many mobile phones and a large stock of cannabis were seized.
Several prisoners, too, received injuries, when some police officers retaliated.
Deputy Minister of Prisons Reforms Vijithamuni Soysa told The Island that the police should be ‘extra careful’ when carrying out searches in prisons. MP Soysa said that those behind bars didn’t like police carrying out search operations.
He said that the police had been compelled to intervene due to failure on the part of the prisons administration and the staff to take charge of the situation in prisons.
The Police headquarters said that officers and men from several police stations, including Kelaniya, Peliyagoda and Mount Lavinia had been involved in Sunday’s operation.
Prisons Reforms Minister Dew Ginasekera told The Island that a comprehensive inquiry would be carried out to ascertain the circumstances leading to the clash.
Commissioner General of Prisons Major General Silva told The Island that during yesterday’s clashes there hadn’t been any threat on the cell, where former Army Commander Gen. Sarth Fonseka was held.
 
 
 
 
 
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