Tamil prisoners have been attacked by guards in a prison in Anuradhapuram, The Island reports.
According to the Commissioner General of Prisons, P.W. Kodippilli, prison officials received information the inmates were planning to commemorate fallen Tamil soldiers on Heroes’ Day.
A search operation was launched by guards, which resulted in clashes with the Tamil prisoners.
A Sri Lankan NGO has accused prison guards of violently attacking 65 Tamil inmates.
Committee member of the WESL (We are Sri Lankans), Udul Premaratne, said drunk officials assaulted the Tamils for 30 minutes, after stripping them naked.
Kodippilli has denied the accusations and accused the inmates of attempting to mislead everyone by blaming the guards for starting the violence.