COLOMBO: Sri Lankan prisons minister Lohan Ratwatte resigned after an uproar over his alleged remarks to kill Tamil prisoners during his recent visit to a jail in the island nation’s north central region.
Ratwatte, the Minister of State for Prisons Management, tendered his resignation after outrage from the Tamil political parties which sought his exit from the Cabinet and arrest over the remarks.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has accepted Ratwatte’s resignation, presidential spokesman Kingsley Ratnayake said. Ratwatte went to the Anuradhapura prison in the country’s northern central region on September 12 and allegedly forced two prisoners to kneel and threatened to kill them, according to reports.
His act prompted the Tamil parties to condemn his behaviour and call for his resignation. “We call on the government to immediately remove the state minister for prison management and have him arrested and charged after an immediate inquiry for allegedly threatening to kill prisoners in Anuradhapura on Sunday, September 12,” the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) tweeted.