Inquiry into prisoners' deaths put off
The magisterial inquiry into the deaths of six hard core prisoners
who were shot dead while attempting to escape from custody at the
Kuruwita prison has been postponed owing to relatives not coming forward
to identify and claim the bodies, now at the Ratnapura morgue.
SSP Ratnapura Police Division, Kithsiri Ganegama said the magisterial
inquiry will be conducted following the identification of the dead
bodies by his relatives. He said the police have begun a search for his
relatives and several messages have been sent to the police stations
where the victims had resided.
Kuruwita Prison authorities said six prisoners were shot dead at the
Kuruwita prison premises after they were brought from the Avissawella
and Ruwanwella Magistrate's Courts last week. Meanwhile, police are
looking for a hard core prisoner who escaped with a T-56 firearm.