Fifteen Boossa prisoners end hunger strike | Daily News


 

Fifteen Boossa prisoners end hunger strike

UPDATE: One third of the remand-prisoners on hunger strike at Boossa high security prison ended their strike yesterday after the prison authorities listened to their demands and explained to them why some of their demands including allowing them to use personal phones in prisons cannot be allowed within the legal framework.

Commissioner General of Prisons Thushara Upuldeniya yesterday told the Daily News that the prison authorities hope that the other prisoners will follow suit eventually once they understand the situation.

“Of course we have not deprived them of any facility,” he said.

“Of about 45 prisoners who were on strike since Thursday morning, 15 have abandoned their protest, “he said.

According to Boossa Prisons sources some prisoners with criminal backgrounds, such as Kanjipani Imran, Podi Lassie, Kosgoda Tharaka, and Wele Suda were on strike at the time this story went to press.

Upuldeniya said, about thirty prisoners among them, some with criminal records, are still refusing to take food.

“We hope that they will understand the situation and drop their strike as the others have done,” he said.

Asked what are the demands that the Prison Authorities did not grant, Upuldeniya said, “there was a demand from them that the prison officers refrain from inspecting them and that their monthly allowance, which they pay in prison canteens for short meals, be increased from the current Rs.2000 to Rs.8000.”

We explained to them that we are giving them food on a daily basis, and that meeting these requirements is beyond our legal competence.

We asked the Commissioner General of Prisons if any of these prisoners had posed any death threats as such to prison officials, he said nothing of the kind that was unusual.

 


Boossa Prison gang on hunger strike-Time: 01:08

Around forty inmates at the Boossa Prison launched a hunger strike yesterday over several demands, Commissioner of Prisons (Administration) Chandana Ekanayake told the Daily News.

The Prisons Department recently moved high profile criminals, including those sentenced to death, to the Boossa Prison.

 Prison officials said that notorious underworld figures such as “Kanjipani Imran”, “Podi Lassie” and “Wele Suda” were also engaged in the hunger strike.

According to Ekanayake the inmates were protesting against the thorough search operations carried out on them, and requesting a telephone facility and more time to talk to their lawyers and also demanding to increase the presently allowed Rs 8,000 monthly deposit to buy items from the prison canteen. Presently, the inmates are allowed to meet one visitor per week, and they are demanding to increase the number of visitors too.

The inmates at the Boossa Prison engaged in a hunger strike in June also.


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