On the occasion of Christmas, Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe granted amnesty to more than 1,000 convicts and freed them from prison. Al Jazeera reported this news about an official.
Jail Commissioner Gamini Disenanaike said that many of the 1,400 people who were released were incarcerated because they could not pay the fine.
Sri Lanka is a Buddhist majority country. An equal number of convicts were released last May during the Buddha Purnima holiday celebrations. This festival is celebrated on the occasion of the birth of Buddha.
The latest amnesty came after police arrested nearly 15,000 residents in a week-long military-backed anti-drug operation before Christmas.
A police statement said 13,666 suspects were arrested and about 1,100 drug addicts were detained and sent to military-run centers for compulsory rehabilitation.
The number of prisoners in the prisons of the island nation of Sri Lanka is constantly increasing.
As of Friday, according to government data, the jails, built to hold 11,000 inmates, held about 30,000 inmates.