Indian prisoners in Lanka jail riot safe

All Indian prisoners are safe in Welikada prison in Sri Lanka, where a major riot broke out killing at least 27 inmates and injuring 42 others.

India's High Commission in Sri Lanka has been closely monitoring the situation in the prison since Friday, official spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs said on Saturday.

He said High Commissioner Ashok Kantha has been in touch with Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Foreign Secretary Amunugama.

"He was assured the situation is under control and all Indian prisoners are safe," the spokesperson said.

It is understood that there are 39 Indian prisoners in the prison among a total of 4,000 inmates.

The riot started after authorities launched a search for any form of drugs within the prison, and the inmates turned against the operatives of the police's Special Task Force (STF).

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