The Police Terrorist Investigations Division has taken over investigations into the escape tunnel made by terrorist suspects from the Kalutara Prison. The convicts had aborted the excavation a few yards from completion point. A number of Prison employees have been grilled and many more, who were posted there at the time, are to be questioned as the police believe that one or some of them could have been involved as the prisoners had filled 25 fertiliser sacks with earth from the tunnel.
SSP Kalutara Ravi Wijegunawardena said some the jail guards and officers who served the Kalutara Prison at the time the tunnel was dug by the prisoners had gone to other prisons on transfer and some have now retired.
TID sources said they were trying to solve the riddle of how such a large quantity of earth, excavated to distance of many hundred meters, was disposed by the prisoners.
It was at the Kalutara Prison that terrorist convicts had made an attempt to kill Jaffna District Parliamentarian Douglas Devananda. He escaped miraculously though they had stabbed him in the head with a metal spike.
Terrorist convicts were transferred to the Colombo Magazine Prison, after which their work on tunnel stopped. Sources said though the tunnel was dug many years ago, it had come to light only recently when a terrorist who had been held at the Kalutara Prison and later released was re-arrested by the police. He had revealed that a tunnel was dug by them to escape.