Six inmates have been killed and 35 injured as guards opened hearth throughout a Sri Lankan jail riot on Sunday, officers mentioned.
The prisoners created “unrest” and tried to take management of Mahara jail, situated about 10 miles from the nation’s capital of Colombo, in line with police spokesman Ajith Rohana.
Rohana mentioned the unrest devolved into “a jail riot” with inmates additionally attempting to flee. Guards trying to manage the state of affairs ultimately opened hearth, mentioned Rohana.
Two guards have been additionally critically injured within the riot.
Mahara is one in all a number of Sri Lankan prisons in current weeks to expertise pandemic-related unrest as COVID-19 instances surge within the amenities.
Over 1,000 inmates in 5 prisons within the nation have examined constructive for coronavirus, and no less than two have died from the sickness.
Roughly 50 jail guards have examined constructive for the bug.
Sri Lankan prisons are severely overcrowded with greater than 26,000 inmates packed into amenities with a capability of 10,000.
With Submit wires