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Mahara Prison unrest

Damage estimated at Rs.65 mn

State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne, appearing for the Attorney General’s Department, informed Court yesterday that the damage caused to the Government due to the unrest at the Mahara Prison on November 29 was estimated at Rs. 65 million.

Wattala Magistrate Buddika Sri Ragala yesterday ordered the Director General of Health Services to bury the remaining three bodies of prisoners who died during the unrest at a suitable place at the expense of the Government.

The Magistrate also ordered that their relatives be given the opportunity to pay their last respects according to their religion.

When the case was taken up yesterday, the Court made the order after examining the facts to bury the bodies of the three prison inmates who were not infected by COVID-19.

It was revealed at the Wattala Magistrate’s Court yesterday that the cause of death of the 11 inmates who died due to the unrest at the Mahara Prison was due to gunshot wounds.

The Expert Committee appointed to investigate the Mahara Prison incident had informed the Court that the investigations so far had revealed that all victims had died due to gunshot wounds. It was stated on the previous trial day that only eight inmates had been shot dead. The magistrate ordered that the case be taken up again on February 12.