A group of Sri Lankan Special Task Force (STF) elite commandos, who entered the Welikade prison in Colombo on a search operation have provoked anger among the inmates after engaging in verbal abuse against them. As the prisoners began to stone the STF commandos, additional troops were rushed to control the riot that has erupted inside the prison, informed sources told TamilNet. A prison officer, a guard and a prisoner have been rushed to hospital with serious injuries.
Around 10 STF commandos have sustained wounds, according to medical sources. Tension prevails at Welikade prison. The stones thrown by the prisoners reached the road hitting the travellers on the Wales Road, which was later shut off by the SL Police. Most of the Tamil political prisoners, arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) are kept in detention periods at this Welikade prison without being produced at the courts. The inmates have been protesting for several years demanding action to release or to initiate legal proceedings against them.