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600 inmates escape Kandakadu following the death of an inmate

Over 600 inmates have escaped from the Kandakadu rehabilitation center in Welikanda following the death of a fellow inmate, The Morning learns.

Speaking to The Morning, Police Spokesperson SSP Nihal Thalduwa stated that all the escapees were heavy drug addicts.

“Last night an inmate had passed away and the cause of death is still unknown. The rest of the inmates have currently surrounded the body and are not allowing anyone near the body. They have raised havoc and the police and Army have been called in to control the situation and somehow get obtain the body of the deceased. Over 600 escapees have been recorded this far,” he said.

Thalduwa further mentioned that an investigation into the cause of death of the individual will begin as soon as the body is retrieved, as well as a comprehensive investigation will be done on how the inmates managed to escape.