Sri Lanka’s Petroleum Minister and former World Cup-winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga was arrested on Monday (October 29) over a shooting incident that took place in Colombo on Sunday. He was swiftly produced before the Colombo magistrate and subsequently granted bail by the evening.
The Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) arrested the former Sri Lankan skipper after his bodyguards opened fire in order to rescue him from a political confrontation outside the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) office. Reports in Sri Lankan media claimed one of the three men who was struck with a bullet succumbed to his injuries in the hospital Sunday night.
Consequently, the petroleum trade unions launched a strike over the death of the CPC employee and demanded the arrest of Ranatunga.
The shooting took place when Ranatunga arrived at the ministry and a tense situation arose with some reportedly attempting to assault the former cricketer. The bodyguard who opened fire, a policeman, has also been arrested.