A total of 16 Tamil prisoners in Anurathapura prison, are on a hunger strike since Saturday.
The prisoners are demanding the prison commissioner to end torture on them and ensure their safety in the prison.
The 16 political prisoners are kept separately in the H1 section of Anurathapura prison. It is said that Tamil prisoners are harassed and assaulted by a prison official ‘Uppultheniya’ and Sinhala inmates in the prison.
Most of the Sinhala inmates who are ex-soldiers engaged in criminal activities, harass the Tamil prisoners branding them as LTTE.