Eight inmates at the Anuradhapura Prison have filed a Fundamental Rights petition before the Supreme Court claiming their fundamental rights were violated when State Minister Lohan Ratwatte entered the prison premises and threatened an inmate at gunpoint.
State Minister Ratwatte, the Superintendent of the Anuradhapura Prison, the Commissioner General of Prisons, Minister of Justice Ali Sabry and the Attorney General have been named as respondents in the petition.
The petitioners state they are being held at the Anuradhapura Prison under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.
They claim State Minister Ratwatte entered the prison with guards on the 12th of September and asked them to kneel and berated them.
The petition states, the State Minister thereafter pointed his pistol at an inmate and threatened him.
The petitioners requested Court to issue a verdict claiming their fundamental rights were violated through the incident and to issue an interim order to transfer them to the Jaffna Prison.