Gota to be summoned by CID over crushing of 2012  prison riot


By Hemantha Randunu

Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, former DIG Anura Senanayake, former Army commander Jagath Jayasuriya and several top ranking security establishment personnel would be summoned before the CID to obtain their statements with regard to the Welikada prison riot where 27 inmates were shot dead.

Police headquarters sources said the CID had already questioned and recorded statements from several top officers of the army and police with regard to the incident.

Regional Development Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka recently told the media that former Army commander Jayasuriya was directly involved in the prison riot incident.

A riot broke out at the Welikada prison on Nov 11, 2012 with prisoners having armed themselves after breaking into an armoury there and several policemen including STF commandant were wounded when they attempted to bring the situation under control.

Last week some unidentified gunmen shot at the main witness in the prison riot case Suresh Nandimal’s house at Moratuwa.

Police headquarters sources said they would inform the former Defence Secretary and other top officials tomorrow to be present at the CID to give statements with regard to the Welikada prison riot.

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