Phones recovered from Welikada prison hospital handed over to CID

by Norman Palihawadane

Two mobile phones recovered during the raid conducted on Tuesday from the Welikada prisons hospital where the convicted former President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunga and Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission Anusha Palpita are warded at, were handed over to the CID for further investigation, prisons sources said yesterday.

The sudden raid was conducted at the hospital in the Welikada Prison on the orders of  Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs Minister D.M. Swaminathan following information that various malpractices were taking place there.

The surprise raid conducted from 1 pm to 3 pm helped the authorities to recover two mobile phones.

The raid had been carried out following information that some VIP inmates and some selected convicts were receiving undue favours at the prison hospital, sources said.

The raid was conducted by prisons intelligence officials.

One of the mobile phones had been recovered after it had been thrown over the parapet wall of the prison hospital and the other had been found lying under a table of the hospital, sources said.

Sources said the smuggling in of mobile phones into the prison was not possible and believed that they had been delivered to inmates by jailors.

The Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs sources said that a large number of petitions had been received against the authorities of the Prisons Hospital and all of them had been referred to Minister of Health Dr Rajitha Senaratne for further action.

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