Tense situation at Welikada Prison [UPDATED]
Posted in Local News
A tense situation was reported from the Magazine Prison. The sound of gun fire was heard from the prison premises, a reporter said.
The fire brigade has been called in, while initial reports from the prison say that inmates of the Magazine Prison had set a building on fire following a protest.
At least 19 inmates and a prison guard were admitted to the Colombo National Hospital following the clash at the prison, hospital sources said. Police used tear gas to control the tense situation at the Magazine prison a short while ago, a reporter stated.
Courtesy: DM Online
Since the Welikada prison is situated in a democratic country with full transparency, the media should be given full access to record proceedings within the prison, interview both prisoner witnesses and guards, and report on the issues freely and without censorship. However, when the invariable “Investigation” and “Report” are commissioned, the underlying reasons, any political bungling should be exposed, and all those found to be accountable should be punished with complete impartiality. These outcomes should also be made public.
Are you day dreaming or reading a passage from “Super Democracy In Utopia”?
Lasantha, no country in the world gives access to prisons to the media, as it will lead to many problems. Besides, confidentiality of the prisoners should be protected as per human rights. In USA, no media has been allowed to any prison, let alone Guantanamo Bay.