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Prisoners have a genuine concern: JJB

Jathika Jana balawegaya (JJB) MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake said the prisoners have a genuine concern about their life at prisons due to COVID-19, though there could be an invisible hand behind unrests as suggested by State Minister Sudarshani Fernandopulle.

He said an 83-year-old inmate from the prison who contracted COVID-19 died recently and that many of the inmates there have been remanded for a longer period due to delays in procedures.

“Some of them are in remand custody for about 11 months, longer than they should have been in the prison. Regardless of an invisible hand, they have a genuine concern that they will contract COVID-19,” MP Dissanayake said.