Written by Zulfick Farzan
08 Dec, 2020 | 10:48 am
Colombo (News 1st); The Criminal Investigations Department recorded statements from 29 more people with regard to the Mahara Prison Riot.
Police Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana speaking to News 1st said the statements were recorded from 09 prison officers and 20 inmates.
In addition, a statement was recorded from a doctor attached to the Mahara Prison.
As of Tuesday (09), 145 statements were recorded by detectives from 54 Prison Officers, 12 Doctors, 07 Male Nurses, and 73 inmates.
Further, the Criminal Investigations Department is to seek an opinion from experts with respect of the drugs were placed in the Prison Infirmary.
The CID identified these drugs as Artane, Largactil, Haloperidol and Risperidone, said the Police Spokesperson adding the Prison Infirmary also had a stock of Piriton and Penagon.
07 out of 11 dead prisoners from the Mahara Prison Riot were identified, said DIG Ajith Rohana adding 04 autopsies were conducted on the order given by the Wattala Magistrate’s Court and were performed by the Consultant Judicial Officer of the Ragama Hospital Dr. Handun Wijewardena.
Accordingly, DNA samples (Blood and Hair) were obtained from the deceased.
The fingerprints of the deceased were also obtained during the autopsy and the records were sent to the Police Criminal Records Division to tally with the database, and three people were identified.
In addition, all bodies were photographed and video recorded and facial recognition features were also obtained, said the Police Spokesperson who said the investigations are carried out by 25 detectives attached to the Criminal Investigations Department.
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