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Batticaloa Prison detainees protest following death of prisoner

Detainees in Batticaloa Prison protested following the death of a fellow prisoner on Sunday.

Jamaldeen Mohamadu Najeem, a 28-year-old who was serving a prison sentence for failure to pay maintenance died on Sunday morning at Batticaloa Hospital, where he had been taken after contracting a fever.

Over two dozen detainees climbed the roof of the prison his and clamoured for an investigation into the mysterious circumstances around the young prisoner’s death.

The protest caused panic among prison staff and Sri Lankan soldiers were called in to back up the prison security.