Welikada prison massacre

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

The Welikada Prison Massacre took place during the 1983 Black July pogrom against Sri Lankan Tamil minority in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Fifty-three prisoners were killed inside a high-security prison.[citation needed] No one has been convicted of crimes relating to these incidents.[1]

Crime scene

The prison is shaped as a Cross-with four divisions- A, B, C and D. A3 B3 C3 and D3 were all on ground floor. B3, C3 and D3 all housed Tamil detainees and A3 had dangerous criminals who were almost all Sinhalese.


The incident occurred in two different series of actions: the first on 25 July 1983 when 35 Tamil prisoners were attacked and killed by Sinhalese inmates. The second massacre was two days later when Sinhalese inmates killed another 18 Tamil detainees and 3 prison deputies.[2]

Other prison massacres

See also


  1. ^ Govt. yet to pay compensation to July '83 victims
  2. ^ http://brcslproject.gn.apc.org/slmonitor/october2000/mass.html

Retrieved from "https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Welikada_prison_massacre&oldid=880139612"
This content was retrieved from Wikipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welikada_prison_massacre
This page is based on the copyrighted Wikipedia article "Welikada prison massacre"; it is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY-SA). You may redistribute it, verbatim or modified, providing that you comply with the terms of the CC-BY-SA