|Town or city||Welikada, Colombo|
Sri Lankan Government
The Welikada Prison (also known as the Magazine Prison) is a maximum security prison and is the largest prison in Sri Lanka. It was built in 1841 by the British colonial government under Governor Cameron. The prison covers and area of 48 acres (190,000 m2). It is over-crowded with about 1700 detainees exceeding the actual member that could be accommodated. The prison also has a gallows (although not used since 1959) and has its own hospital too. The prison is administrated by the Department of Prisons.
Following the attempted military coup in 1962, the arrested military and police officers remanded,pending trial in a special section at Welikada prison called the Magazine Section. A special security detachment was selected called the composite guard to guard these officers from the Ceylon Light Infantry with Major A Hulangamuwa in Charge.
Core functions of the Welikada Prison
- Detention of prisoners on first conviction
- Categorizing of convicted prisoners on admission and transferring them to relevant prisons.
- Detention of condemned prisoners.
- Production of suspects to Kesbewa and Moratuwa courts
- Provision of vocational training to prisoners
- Launching of welfare and rehabilitation programs for prisoners.
- D S Senanayake - National hero, independence activist and first prime minister of Ceylon
- F R Senanayake - National hero and independence activist
- Captain Henry Pedris - National hero and martyr of the independence movement
- Anagarika Dharmapala - National hero, independence activist and leading figure of the Buddhist revival
- Colonel F. C. de Saram - A leader of the attempted military corp of 1962
- Bombardier Gratien Fernando - Leader of the Cocos islands mutiny
- Douglas Devananda - Tamil politician and a cabinet minister.
- Suresh Perera - former Sri Lankan cricketer
- Sepala Ekanayake - Airline hijacker
- Sarath Fonseka - Former Commander of the Army and Chief of Defence Staff who led the army for a win against the LTTE
- Selvarajah Yogachandran - also known as Kuttimani was one of the leaders of former Tamil militant organization TELO,Murderd at Welikada prison massacre
- Nadarajah Thangathurai - one of the leaders of former Tamil militant organization TELO,Murderd at Welikada prison massacre
- "Sri Lanka's Welikada prison clash leaves 27 dead". BBC News. Retrieved 2012-10-10.
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