The death of political prisoners in custody is a tragedy that this country’s leaders regularly try to hide. In Nimalaruban’s and other iconic cases, court orders were issued dictating the precise way in which the funerals were to be conducted.
In June 2012, two Tamil prisoners Ganesan Nimalaruban (age 28) and Mariyadas Delrukshan (age 34) detained under national security law-died after being severely beaten by prison officials as punishment for their involvement in a prison riot. These two prisoners had participated in a riot in the Vavuniya prison on 28 June 2012. They were protesting their prolonged detention without charges. During the riot, prisoners held prison guards hostage. The guards were freed the following day by a rescue operation.After the operation, the prisoners were transferred from Vavuniya to Anuradhapura, where they were severely beaten by prison guards.