Indians in Colombo prison safe, says Delhi

Last Updated: Mon, Nov 12, 2012 14:50 hrs

New Delhi, Nov 12 (IANS) India Monday said all 38 Indians in Sri Lanka's Welikada prison are safe and some had sustained minor injuries in the wake of a prison riot in which 27 people were killed.

The Indian high commission in Colombo was arranging delivery of food packets to the prisoners to mark Diwali Tuesday, an official source said Monday.

The high commission Monday secured access to the Indian prisoners and met all 38, the source said.

"All are safe. Some of them had minor medical complaints that are being attended to.

"Considering the harrowing experience they have gone through, the high commission is arranging delivery of food for them tomorrow (Diwali)," the official said.

Hundreds of prisoners in Colombo's Welikada prison apparently revolted Friday after a crackdown on illegal drugs and mobile telephones, leading to violence that left at least 27 of them dead.

Most Indians in the prison are from Tamil Nadu and Kerala. As the violence raged, they sent desperate messages to IANS claiming their lives were in danger.

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