State Minister of Prison Management and Prisoners’ Rehabilitation Lohan Ratwatte who had allegedly forcibly entered the Welikada Prison premises with a group of his friends whilst under the influence of liquor, had allegedly entered the Anuradhapura Prison on Sunday (12) evening.
Sources say that the State Minister had attempted to degrade and punish LTTE suspects by ordering them at gunpoint to kneel down in front of him. It is said that he had entered the Anuradhapura Prison premises in a helicopter.
Yesterday Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) leader Gajen Ponnambalam tweeted on his official Twitter page, stating that his party could confirm that Ratwatte had entered the Anuradhapura Prison, summoned the Tamil political prisoners, and made two of them kneel before him at gunpoint, threatening to kill them on the spot.
On behalf of the TNPF, Ponnambalam called for Ratwatte’s immediate resignation, and that he be stripped of all portfolios. The Tamil National Alliance followed suit, calling on the Government to immediately remove Ratwatte as State Minister and “have him arrested and charged after an immediate inquiry for allegedly threatening to kill prisoners in the Anuradhapura prison on Sunday”.
It was reported that a state minister had broken into the Welikada prison with his friends to show them the gallows at the Welikada prison. However, the media did not reveal the name of the relevant minister. Welikada prison officials had also confirmed the news, but prison spokesman Chandana Ekanayake had said he did not know anything about it.