Lawyers and Journalist who visited prison to meet victims of assault ‘imprisoned’ Not allowed and harassed
The group of Lawyers, journalists and politicos who visited the Mahara prison to see the other prisoners who were subjected to assaults in the Vavuniya prison were held back inside the prison, according to reports reaching Lanka e news.
The Prisons administrator had not allowed the Lawyers to exercise their right to meet prisoners , and has kept them confined within prison , while summoning the police.
Among those who were so ‘imprisoned’ , were Lawyers, Manjula Pathiraja, Naamal Rajapakse (not MaRa’s son) and Priyaranjana Jayasinghe . A journalist of an electronic media too was among them.
This group of Lawyers and Tamil national alliance MPs had visited the Mahara prison after hearing of the news that a prisoner who was assaulted in the Vavuniya prison had died at the Ragama Hospital. Hence , they have gone to the Mahara prison to inquire after the condition of the other prisoners.
When the Hospital authorities were asked regarding this death , they had stated that the prison handed over to Hospital not an injured Nimal ruben but his remains.
Later , the group of Lawyers and MPs have entered the Mahara prison and asked permission to meet the two prisoners who were in a critical condition among the 49 prisoners who were transferred , namely Saravanamuttu Yogarajan and Kurubagaran . The prison authorities have said, no permission can be granted to meet them.
Though the prison authorities were enlightened on the fundamental rights of the Lawyers to meet and give counsel to a prisoner , the prison officials have replied that the Prisons Commissioner has given orders not to allow anybody to meet anyone.
Meanwhile a TV media personnel had also arrived. While having all of them ‘imprisoned’ within the prison , the police had been summoned. After keeping them back within prison for about half hour and harassing , they had been released .The Lawyers and the media personnel are getting ready to make a complaint to the Kadawatha police in this connection.