Facebook icon
Twitter icon
e-mail icon

Sri Lanka's Petroleum Minister arrested for fatal shooting amidst threat of union strikes; released on bail

Sri Lankan police on Monday arrested Sri Lanka’s Minister of Petroleum Arjuna Ranatunga after one of his bodyguards shot into crowds blocking him from entering his office.

The police spokesperson Ruwan Gunasekara told Reuters, “Colombo Crime division arrested Ranatunga over the shooting incident and he will be produced to the court shortly.”

The arrest came as petroleum trade unions aligned with Rajapaksa’s SLPP threatened indefinite strikes until Ranutunga was arrested.

Responding to the appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa as prime minister, crowds of Sirisena and Rajapaksa loyalists in Colombo have been stopping ministers from Wickremesinghe's ministerial cabinet from entering their respective buildings. 

Ranatunga was released on temporary bail a few hours later. 

We need your support

Sri Lanka is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist. Tamil journalists are particularly at threat, with at least 41 media workers known to have been killed by the Sri Lankan state or its paramilitaries during and after the armed conflict.

Despite the risks, our team on the ground remain committed to providing detailed and accurate reporting of developments in the Tamil homeland, across the island and around the world, as well as providing expert analysis and insight from the Tamil point of view

We need your support in keeping our journalism going. Support our work today.

For more ways to donate visit https://donate.tamilguardian.com.