Dy. Minister denies prison officials’ transfer on hold

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By Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera   

Deputy Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms Sarathi Dushmanatha yesterday rejected the media reports that the transfer of 25 prison officials at the Welikada Prison were halted by the Prisons Commissioner.   
He told parliament that some officers have appealed to suspend their transfers under humanitarian grounds and added that the ministry had not halted all transfers 
as reported. 

The deputy minister said this in response to a question raised by Joint Opposition MP Kanaka Herath whether transfers have been halted as reported in media.   

The MP said some female inmates had protested climbing to the top of the Welikada Prison roof for the first time in history, and added that similar riots at the Welikada Prison was thwarted by the former prisons commissioner but he is now in jail on a non-bailable condition.   

He said the government had dissolved the prisons intelligent unit which was established to prevent drug smuggling and underworld activities within the prison.   

The deputy minister said the government had launched an investigation into the Welikada incident and said there were some prion officials who are dishonest.